History-making gridiron star Nate Northington to visit Fort Wayne

| February 3, 2014
Nate Northington was the first African American to play college football in the SEC.  (Photo: Courtesy University of Kentucky Archives)

Nate Northington was the first African American to play college football in the SEC. (Photo: Courtesy University of Kentucky Archives)

Courtesy of the AAAHSM

FORT WAYNE—A pioneering, barrier breaking black athlete is scheduled to visit the Summit City next week, thanks to the collective efforts of a number of community organizations.

Groundbreaking athlete Nathaniel “Nate” Northington Sr. is scheduled to visit the city from Feb. 6 through Feb. 8, thanks to the collective sponsorship of the African/African American Historical Society Museum (AAAHSM), Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne and Indiana Tech University. Tech, with a large number of students studying a wide range of sports fields, will host Northington in their Honored Guest quarters.

Northington was the first African American to play collegiate football in the Southeastern Conference (also known affectionately as the SEC). Entering the University of Kentucky in the late 1960s, during the Civil Rights era, his experiences are unique. A gifted athlete and hardworking student, his impact is widely recognized and spoken of during SEC football games by on-air personalities and sports commentators.

Northington is scheduled to read from his autobiography, “Still Running” and autograph copies of his book. He speaks of leadership, family, hard work, faith, and the era he helped to integrate.

Scheduled events include:

• 7 p.m., Feb. 6—Presentation at Indiana Tech University Andorfer Auditorium

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 7—Book signing and reading of his autobiography, “Still Running,” at Barnes & Noble West Jefferson Boulevard Store in Jefferson Pointe. Northington’s book can be purchased in-store or by going to www.bn.com/bookfairs and entering the BookFair ID #11295979. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go toward underwriting programs at the AAAHSM of Allen County.

• 5 p.m., Feb. 7—Visit to Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, 2609 Fairfield Ave.

• 12 noon, Feb. 8—Reading and discussion at the African/African American at the Historical Society Museum of Allen County, 436 E. Douglas Ave.

These events are free to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP at OfficiallyAAAHSM@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

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