How UK Football Broke the SEC Color Barrier

Today’s Southeastern Conference is a place where student-athletes of all colors and ethnicities are welcome. But in the 1960s, it was a different – many SEC teams refused to play against people of color. The University of Kentucky changed that when it partnered with Gov. Edward Breathitt to challenge the SEC color barrier. The result? The historic day 50 years ago on September 30, 1967, when UK defensive back Nate Northington became the first African American to play in the SEC as the Wildcats took on Ole Miss. Share your memories and personal collections surrounding this monumental event.

Stories ⋅ September 13, 2017

Nate Northington Signs with UK

Nathaniel “Nate” Northington signs with the University of Kentucky at the president’s office in Lexington, 1965. Standing behind Northington are (L to R) Kentucky governor Edward T. “Ned” Breathitt, UK football coach Charles Bradshaw, Thomas Jefferson High School football coach Jim Gray, and University of Kentucky president John W. Oswald. Courtesy of University of Kentucky

Stories ⋅ September 1, 2017
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