John Wooden and Clarence Walker

Title

John Wooden and Clarence Walker

Subject

Indiana State Teacher's College Coach John Wooden with player Clarence Walker

Description

Indiana State Teacher's College Coach John Wooden initially declined an invitation to play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball post-season tournament. At the time, the NAIB did not allow black players to participate in the tournament and Indiana State had one, Clarence Walker. If Wooden wanted to play in the tournament, Walker would have had to stay at home. Even though Walker rarely played, Wooden wanted to take a stand against segregation in collegiate basketball. In response to Wooden's decision, several other schools began to decline the invitation in protest as well. Eventually, the NAIB decided to allow integrated teams to play. When Walker went into the game during the first round of the tournament on March 9, 1948 it was the first time a black player competed in the tournament.

Creator

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

Source

http://archive.indystar.com/article/20100606/NEWS/100729009/A-lasting-moral-victory

Date

1947-48

Contributor

Sara Moir

Files

Wooden and Walker.jpg

Citation

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, “John Wooden and Clarence Walker,” The American Century, accessed July 4, 2020, https://americancentury.omeka.wlu.edu/items/show/339.