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Celebrating 50 years of African American AchievementIn the News




Charles Houston, director of alumni programs for the University of Tennessee and co-chair for the 50th Anniversary of African American Achievement, talks about the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of African-American undergraduates at UTK.


In 1972, Condredge Holloway became the first African American football quarterback at UT Knoxville, as well as the first starting quarterback in the SEC. As part of their "Year of the Quarterback," ESPN approached Kenny Chesney to be involved in a documentary on Condredge Holloway. Because Holloway was the first African-American starting quarterback in the SEC, the film looks at more than his athleticism. It addresses the fact that he often had to deal with racial tension in the early 70s in addition to the stresses of the game.