While the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 breached the color line in professional sports, segregation for young African-American athletes in the South would continue for another twenty-five years. Left behind in the shadows were coaches and players who helped bring change and shaped the future for athletes today.
As If We Were Ghosts features rare archival material of African-American athletes, schools and everyday life during segregation in the South. Included are personal reflections by some athletic greats whose names are as obscure as their tiny gyms and rutted playing fields alongside giants, like Walt Fraiser, who moved through adversity to become a superstar. Their stories and memories shine a light on the achievements of the unknown giants of their day.
You'll meet former players, black and white, as they reflect on the dissolution of the all-black GIA (Georgia Interscholastic Association) in the early 1970's. As If We Were Ghosts is a tribute to the great athletes, coaches and teams of the GIA - the unheralded men and women who inspired those who were to follow in their footsteps.
Narrated by Ambassador Andrew Young.