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Grambling football played role in civil rights movement

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Much has been made this past of the week of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Caught right up in the midst of the civil rights movement at that time was Grambling State University’s football program as the Tigers featured a prolific passer who was garnering the notice of pro football scouts. James “Shack” Harris would go on to become the first regularly-starting NFL quarterback for the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams, realizing a dream he mapped out along with legendary Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson.

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