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Ohio Panel Examines Football As Civil Rights Arena


UPDATED: Thursday December 5, 2013 2:11 PM

Former Cincinnati Bengals star Ken Riley will be among black football pioneers who will discuss football's role as an arena for the civil rights movement.

Riley will be joined by Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center head Clarence Newsome on a panel Thursday evening at the Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Newsome was one of Duke University's first black football players. Jackson was an Oakland Raiders head coach, and Riley played at historically black Florida A&M University before his 15-year career as Bengals' defensive back.

Columbia University journalism professor Samuel Freedman will moderate. Freedman's book "Breaking The Line" tells the story of the 1967 seasons of Florida A&M and Grambling and their importance to civil rights progress.

The Bengals will honor Riley before Sunday's game.

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