Jake Gaither

A tall, dark-skinned man wearing a Florida A&M University t-shirt, and shorts, clutches a football while surrounded by players
State Archives of Florida / Florida Memory

November 29th marked 50 years since the first time a black school and white school in the south faced off on the football field. The matchup featured Florida A&M University and the University of Tampa. Now, a documentary about the life of FAMU's legendary football coach Jake Gaither is in the works.

Fifty years ago, a college football game in Tampa helped change the course of race relations in America. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29, 1969, a predominantly white school played an all black university in the Deep South for the first time.