…One of the greatest, yet most unknown protest in professional sports took place. On January 11, 1965, 21 African-American football players from the American Football League walked out of the City of New Orleans, refusing to take place in the all-star game because of the discrimination that they had faced. Led by Cookie Gilchrist and Art Powell, these men stood up for their beliefs, and in doing so made a statement that helped bring about integration in the South.
Art Powell, Earl Faison, Bobby Bell, Ernie Ladd, Buck Buchanan, Clem Daniels, Abner Haynes, Dave Grayson, Willie Brown, Mack Lee Hill, Frank Buncom, Ernie Warlick, Elbert Dubenion, Sherman Plunkett, Houston Antwine, Winston Hill, Sid Blanks, Larry Garron, Butch Byrd, Cookie Gilchrist and Dick Westmoreland made a difference.
Several articles have since been written about the event. Below you will find links to some of my favorites.