Doug Williams, Vince Evans and the NFL’s Most Important Game
Images: (Left) Doug Williams, Pete Leabo/AP Photo; (right) Vince Evans Photo 37251118 © Jerry Coli | Dreamstime.com
Florida Atlantic University presents the inaugural Fogelman Sports Museum lecture, “Black Bombers: Doug Williams, Vince Evans and the NFL’s Most Important Game,” presented by Louis Moore, Ph.D., author of “We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, The Black Athlete and the Quest for Equality.” The lecture will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Owl’s Nest, The Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Tickets are $15, with free tickets for FAU students, faculty, staff and active duty and retired military, at www.fauevents.com.
"Black Bombers” is a talk about the first time two black quarterbacks started against each other in the NFL. More than just a contest between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears on Sept 30, 1979 that pitted Doug Williams against Vince Evans, the match and how they got there, is a story about race, hope and perseverance in post-WWII America. Moore is professor of history at Grand Valley State University. He teaches African American history, civil rights, sports history and U.S. history.
The Avron B. Fogelman Sports Museum is part of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and is free and open to the public six days a week. The museum will be open before and after the lecture, and all attendees are encouraged to visit this collection of more than 1,200 pieces of sports memorabilia, from Olympic torches, to signed baseballs and football and basketball items.
For more information, visit www.fau.edu/artsandletters/fogelman-sports-museum/.