West Virginia University is honoring its pioneer black athletes in a special program on Friday, Oct. 13.A Celebration: Integration of Sports on the WVU Campus,will be from 2-4 p.m. in the Gluck Theater at the Mountainlair student union.

Come meet the student-athletes who attended WVU in the weeks, months and years after 1954s Brown v. the Board decision.

Scheduled to speak are:

  • Phil Edwards, WVU s first black student-athlete in track and field;
  • Cheryl Phillips, who ran for the womens track and field team;
  • Garrett Ford and John Mallory, former Mountaineer football greats who went on to the NFL ;
  • Norman Holmes and Wil Robinson, former Mountaineer basketball players;
  • and Cathy Parson, a former member of the womens basketball team.

The bill will be rounded out with remarks from former faculty members Nelson and Ancella Bickley, who were known for their advocacy of black students; Carolyn Bailey Lewis, a former WVU educator and Public Broadcasting administrator; and current athletic director Ed Pastilong.

For School of Physical Education Dean Dana Brooks, that word in the title,Celebration,couldnt be more appropriate when applied to the above speakers.Back before Brown v. the Board, thingsno pun intendedreally were in black and white,Brooks said.Everything changed in 1954, and somebody had to be the first integrate.

�€~Celebrationis the word, when you look at what our speakers achieved in both the athletic and academic arenas,Brooks said.�€~Celebrationis the word, when you look at what they were able to do after they left WVU and their days as athletes were over. �€~Celebrationis the word when you consider they were human beings brave enough and full of life enough to say, �€~Hey, I have a place here, too.For more information on the event, contact Brooks at dana.brooks@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3295, ext. 5257.