You’ve probably heard the names of Ruby Bridges, Jackie Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall — the first African Americans to desegregate public schools, baseball, and the Supreme Court. But do you know the names of Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley or Bill Willis? Unless you’re a football fan, you probably don’t. And that’s what Keyshawn Johnson tries to rectify in his book The Forgotten First, the story of the men who helped break the NFL’s color barrier. NPR’s A Martinez sat down with Johnson to discuss those four men and the legacy they left behind.
Find out where to buy The Forgotten First online.
Listen to the original interview with A Martinez.
Learn about the desegregation of the NFL, especially how the Washington Football Team was eventually forced to do so.