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Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Thursday Night Lights Honors, Celebrates PVIL Legacy

October 21, 2013

The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies is hosting “Thursday Night Lights: Honoring the Legacy of the Prairie View Interscholastic League” October 31-November 1, 2013.  The two-day conference celebrates the athletic and cultural legacy of PVIL, which was established in 1920 and served as the governing body for extra-curricular activities for Texas African American high school students during the Jim Crow era.

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The reception and key note address will be held on Thurs., Oct. 31, beginning at 6 p.m. NY Times columnist William Rhoden, author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves is the keynote speaker.

Friday, Nov. 1, is dedicated to panels on PVIL history, athletics, racial integration and the PVIL Legacy in Austin. For a complete schedule of events, please visit the Warfield Center web site.

The conference is sponsored by the Briscoe Center for American History, the Departments of History, American Studies and Kinesiology, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Texas Black History Preservation Project, the Texas Program in Sports and Media, and the University Federal Credit Union.

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