Native American high school athletes lauded; for 13 years after Brown v. Board of Education, students couldn't play in state high school playoffs

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Swain, Glenn. “Native American high school athletes lauded; for 13 years after Brown v. Board of Education, students couldn't play in state high school playoffs.” Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) 24 October 1999.

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Players from the Robeson County Indian Athletic Conference (which existed roughly from the 1920's through 1967) recently traveled to Chapel Hill for the unveiling of a plaque honoring them. Their conference, consisting of Native American schools, was not involved in the state high school athletic association and was not allowed to participate in the state playoffs. Basketball was the primary sport in which players of the seven schools participated. Quotations from two surviving members, Earl Scott and Kermit Chavis, show that they enjoyed the opportunity to play and did not resent or dwell on the racism that kept them from playing non-Indian teams.

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Basketball | Robeson County Indian Athletic Association