The 1962 Rose Bowl’s 60th anniversary: UCLA’s Black students and players stared down Bear Bryant with Jim Murray’s break from 1960s media customs

PHOTO: The 1961 UCLA football team that won the AAWU title to earn a Rose Bowl berth. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN The 1962 Rose Bowl established a college football Civil Rights milestone, but the 60th anniversary of the New Year’s Day game came and went without attention or even a fractional accounting. What should be remembered as a tipping point quickly turned into an oxymoron – a “forgotten milestone.” The culprit was a 1960s media…

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Chapter 5 of Overlooked series

If you've been following my "Overlooked" series in "The Main Read" on Bear Bryant mythology dispossessing the true 1960s pioneers of college football integration, you jump can read here or click on the the full story and scroll down. Photo: Jim Murray's Los Angeles Times column, Sept. 13, 1970. CHAPTER 5: ALABAMA 1970 MYTH BORN IN LATE 1980s -- IN L.A. By 1970, SEC integration was fait accompli. So much Black talent had found opportunities in football programs…

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