Author - Evin Demirel

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Heritage of Sports: Darrell Brown

Brought to you by Anvil Custom Graphics Nearly three years ago, the first black Razorback died. In fall 1965, Darrell Brown broke the barrier as a tailback on the UA’s freshman football team. In those first couple weeks, Brown later recalled, no teammate or coach spoke to him. He endured racial...

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Heritage of Sports: James Banks, The Maestro of Marianna

  In the Marianna home of 82-year-old James Banks lies a large part of the town’s athletic heritage. Trophies, plaques, yearbooks, clippings and more form a makeshift museum where alumni of the former Moten High take tours during reunions. There, at the all-black school, Banks starred as a...

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Heritage of Sports: Hiram McBeth Broke New Ground

By Evin Demirel In spring 1969, Hiram McBeth broke new ground by becoming the first African American in a varsity-level football game at the University of Arkansas. Few believed McBeth, who had played guard at Pine Bluff’s Townsend High School at 5-feet nine-inches and 142 pounds, had the grit to...

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Heritage of Sports

A Look at the Forgotten Corners of Arkansas History War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock has been the Razorback football team’s second home since its opening in 1948. While no African American played on the varsity Razorback football team until 1969, black fans attended Hog games in preceding...

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Southbound on the Appalachian Trail

Hiker found solace in solitary walks, which led to grand undertaking October 23, 2016 Nearly a dozen years ago before she took the first step of a 2,160-mile, 131-day walk, Heather Machelle had commenced a long, rewarding journey of a far different sort ~ the birth of a daughter. The young mother...

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Trump good for everybody, says Thomas Robb of the KKK

Thomas Robb (center in dark glasses) outside the federal court in Los Angeles in April 1993 during the Rodney King trial. (AP file photo by David Longstreath)  Trump could promote “fairness to all people,” he says The election of Donald Trump as the United States’ 45th president...