Diversity and Inclusion

Panel of Athletics Pioneers

 NOTICE: This event has been POSTPONED due to inclement weather affecting travel schedules. Check back for a new date.

Join us Feb. 13 for an evening of historical reflection on the desegregation of university athletics during the 1960s and 70s. Former Transylvania basketball coach C.M. Newton, Transylvania basketball star Jim Hurley ’69, Wendell Hudson, the first African American scholarship student-athlete at the University of Alabama and the 1973 SEC Player of the Year, and journalist Billy Reed ’66 will share their stories.

Integrating Athletics at Transylvania and Beyond
Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
Haggin Auditorium
Mitchell Fine Arts Center
Transylvania University
Free and open to the public

This program is part of Transylvania's year-long Still Overcoming program, celebrating 50 years of desegregation on Transylvania's campus. Transylvania invites you to participate in this ongoing public discussion. All events are free.

Jim Hurley on the basketball court

Transylvania's Jim Hurley prepares to catch the ball during an all-out scrum in the old McAlister Auditorium.


During the hour-long program, moderated by Billy Reed, the panelists will talk about the challenges players, coaches, and athletics programs faced during the early years of desegregation. Afterwards, audience members will have a chance to ask questions. A reception in Carrick Theater, behind Haggin Auditorium, will follow. Everyone is welcome to mingle with the panelists and continue the conversation.


The Mitchell Fine Arts Center is located on West Fourth Street between North Broadway and North Upper. Enter Haggin Auditorium through the main doors on the west side of the building. The building is handicap accessible from the east entrance. Free parking is available in the general parking lots adjacent to the building or across Fourth Street. View the campus map.


If you have questions about the event, contact Mike Vetter, special assistant to the university, at (859) 233-8282 or mvetter@transy.edu.

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