Still Running

The Autobiography of Kentucky’s Nate Northington, the First African American Football Player in the Southeastern Conference

by Nathaniel Northington



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/30/2014

Recognition Programs

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 258
ISBN : 9781491745939
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 258
ISBN : 9781491746479
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 258
ISBN : 9781491745922

About the Book

Seven days after Nate Northington was born, in October 1947, the NAACP made an appeal to the world on racism before the United Nations.

As Nate grew up within an ever-changing and often volatile world plagued by bigotry and hatred, even he could not have predicted what would happen twenty years later.

Destined to play football from an early age, Nate matured into a talented player whose good grades and competitive spirit quickly caught the eye of college recruiters. As he chronicles his journey from high school to his experience as the first black to sign an athletic scholarship at the University of Kentucky, Nate shares a glimpse into how he and other African American football players fought on the gridiron throughout the civil rights movement to achieve success both on and off the field. Every moment would lead up to the crucial period in American sports history when, after the sudden death of Greg Page—Nate’s close friend and teammate—he would break through the barriers of racism and become the first black to play football in the SEC.

Still Running is a story not only about the game of football and integration but also about one man who was inspired to keep running, find grace through God’s love, and ultimately become a sports pioneer.

About the Author

Nathaniel Northington is a Notable Kentucky African American. He is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, a Civil Rights Pioneer, and an accomplished athlete. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, after transferring from the University of Kentucky, and is currently the regional director of property management with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority. Mr. Northington and his wife, Gwendolyn, live in the Louisville metropolitan area, where he is also a licensed minister in his local church.