AUBURN – Award-winning basketball coach and Alabama native Bill Elder will discuss his new book, “All Guts and No Glory: An Alabama Coach’s Memoir of Desegregating College Athletics,” on Thursday, June 28, at 4 p.m. at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. A reception will follow.
Elder was head coach for men’s basketball for 28 years at Northeast State Junior College, the University of Montevallo and the University of Mobile. He was athletic director at five colleges including Auburn University Montgomery. In his memoir, Elder describes the difficulties of integrating Northeast State’s basketball team in the early 1970s.
Alabama historian Wayne Flynt said that Elder’s memoir combines the three most powerful and sacred elements of Alabama folk culture: sports, religion and race. “Memoirs like Elder’s open entirely new vistas into the civil rights struggles after laws were changed but hearts stayed pretty much the same,” said Flynt.
The presentation is sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, AU’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and the AU Bookstore. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call (334) 844-4946.
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