Celebrating the Legacy of the First Black Student-Athletes

Georgia Tech will celebrate the legacy of its first African-American football student-athletes with a series of events from Sept. 27-29. The celebration will be held in conjunction with Georgia Tech football’s home game versus Bowling Green on Sept. 29 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The honorees for the weekend celebration include Eddie McAshan, Karl Barnes, Greg Horne, Cleo Johnson, Joe Harris, Rudy Allen, Tommy Crowley, and David Sims. The Georgia Tech community is invited to celebrate the groundbreaking student-athletes during a campus panel on Thursday, September 27. The campus panel will feature discussion among the honorees about why they chose to attend Georgia Tech, their experiences as student-athletes at Tech, their journeys after GT and their legacies. The honorees will also take questions from the audience. Moderated by Dr. Othello Harris, associate professor of sociology and gerontology at Miami University (Ohio), the event is open to all members of the campus community (students, faculty and staff) but space is limited.

Immediately following the panel, we would like to invite you to a cocktail reception in the Wardlaw Center, Gordy Room. This reception is invite only and will allow a more intimate setting for all of the players to speak about their time on the Flats, hear from GT Athletic Director Todd Stansbury, and GT Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Jack Thompson who recruited many of these ground-breaking student-athletes to The Flats. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

To secure a spot at the highly anticipated event, please RSVP below by Friday, September 21.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 3-5 PM
Campus Panel: The History and Impact of the African-American Athlete at Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech Alumni House, Griffin Ballroom

Cocktail Reception: 5-7 PM
Wardlaw Center, Gordy Room
177 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30332