Nate Northington, the first black football player in the Southeastern Conference, will be the focus of an event at the Worsham Theater in the University of Kentucky Student Center on Wednesday.
Northington, who played for the University of Kentucky, is the subject of a CBS Sports Network documentary, Forward Progress: The Integration of SEC Football, which will be shown at 4:30 p.m. That will be followed by a panel discussion in which Northington is scheduled to participate at 5:30 p.m.
Gerald Smith, the Martin Luther King Center's scholar in residence and an associate history professor at UK, will moderate the discussion, which is also scheduled to include Lexington Urban League President and CEO P.G. Peeples, education researcher Deborah Mapp-Embry and higher education sociologist and administrator William H. Turner.
Northington, who came to UK with teammate Greg Page in 1966, will sign copies of his autobiography outside the theater at 6:30 p.m.
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"The viewing and panel discussion are intended to shed light on Northington's story from the perspective of African-American student leaders who attended UK in the 1960s," Smith said in a news release. "I believe their collective experience is a critical piece of UK's history."