Black History Month Posters – My Top 3

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Digital Media 1
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I’ve completed the proposal, have done more research, and have narrowed my list of ten down to the top three I’ve become most interested in (not to say they aren’t all interesting, because they are). I decided to go with an athletics theme with my Aunt in mind. She is a sports lover and I think it helped me come up with a common link for the project. Here’s a little preview of what I’m working on:

Gale Sayers – Professional Football Player

  • Born on May 30, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas
  • Raised in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Became known as the “Kansas Comet” while playing for the University of Kansas
  • Signed on to play for the Chicago Bears in 1965 and named both rookie of the year and outstanding running back the same year
  • For 5 consecutive years he received all-NFL honors
  • Played in 4 Pro Bowls and named Offensive Player of the Game in 3 of them
  • Was “NFL’s all-time leader in kickoff returns” at the time of his retirement in 1971 due to an injury
  • In the 1971 television-movie Brian’s Song he is portrayed along with his friendship to Brian Piccolo
  • Returned to KU to get his graduate and post-graduate degrees
  • Southern Illinois University’s athletic directer in 1976
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 as youngest inductee his first year of eligibility
  • Founded Crest Computer Supply Company now known as Sayers 40, inc. in Chicago in 1984

Lynette Woodard – Woman Basketball Player

  • Born in Wichita, Kansas in 1959
  • While attending Marshall Junior High School she declined an offer from the coach of Wichita North High’s team to join their junior varsity team
  • She did join the team the next year at 5′ 11″
  • 1975 as a sophomore led the team to a 5A state championship
  • Received recognition as an all-American high school team member nationally 2 years later
  • Joined the University of Kansas’ team in 1977
  • Her and her team went on to win the Big Eight Championship 3 consecutive years with a 108-32 record from 1978 to 1981
  • Holds unchallenged records to this day including scoring a total of 3,649 points in four years
  • 1980 was a member of a 12 member Olympic women’s basketball team, but they did not compete die to a U.S.-led boycott
  • 1984 she and another team won gold at the Olympics
  • Became the first woman Harlem Globetrotter in 1985 for 2 years
  • After the Harlem Globetrotters she played professionally for teams in Japan and Italy
  • Inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1990
  • 1997 she signed on with the Cleveland Rockers, playing the a new Women’s National Basketball Association
  • Was the first athletics director for Kansas City (Mo.) School District, V.P. of marketing for Magna Securities Corporation in New York City, “special assistant for external relations and women’s basketball at the KU Athletics department, and head coach beginning in 2004”
  • Is now a financial consultant in Wichita

Veryl Switzer – Pro Football Player/Educator

  • Born in Nicodemus, Kansas in 1932
  • Played football and was a track star at Bogue High School
  • Received 3 All-American honors as both running back and defensive back for Kansas State University
  • Became highest draft pick from KSU in 1954 when he was selected by the Green Bay Packers during the fourth round of the NFL draft
  • Was with the Green Bay Packers for 2 years
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force
  • Played 3 years of Canadian football after his service
    • 1 year with Calgary Stampeders
    • 2 years with Montreal Alouettes
  • Worked 10 years for the on the Chicago Board of Education
  • Returned in administrative capacity in 1969 to KSU
  • Held positions in both academic and athletic departments
  • After retiring he purchased land outside of Nicodemus in 1961
  • 2009 Veryl Switzer Back to History Camp was established
    • a week is spent visiting both Kansas State University and Nicodemus by the youths who attend

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  2. a7xpetrock says:

    There is a lot of athleticism here. Could there possibly be a theme behind that?

  3. ppiper says:

    I really like that your top three all share a common field of athletics. You have a lot of good information to begin making your posters. Keep up the awesome work!

  4. smholsapple says:

    I like how you had a common theme for your choices. Also liked how you briefly explained the process that led up to this blog post.

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