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Courtesy: Athletics Communications Black History Month Story Previews

Release: 01/31/2013
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AMES, Iowa - In 1926, historian, author and educator Carter Godwin Woodson, himself the son of slaves and the editor of the Journal of Negro History, conceived and started Negro History Week. It later became Black History Month. Beginning Monday, in recognition of Black History Month, profiles six individuals among Iowa State's first African-American student-athletes.


Monday - Tony Janssen, men's golf
Golf's global growth in the past two decades has been extraordinary. But in generations before Tiger Woods, African-Americans faced challenges in the golf industry, even in the mid-to-late 20th century. Iowa State's first African-American golfer, Tony Janssen broke through those barriers from 1984-88 and speaks about his Cyclone experience in the opening installment of Iowa State Black History Month stories.


Feb. 7 - Tommy Vaughn, football
A man who can tell a good story, Tommy Vaughn played football at Iowa State from 1962 until 1964. He later was a Cyclone coach under Earle Bruce in the 1970s. Vaughn spoke about his encounter with a legendary Iowa State professor.


Feb. 11 - Stephannie Smith, women's basketball
Stephannie Smith was one of Iowa State's first African-American women's basketball players. Her career since her Cyclone days has taken her to Europe where she lives today.


Feb. 18 - Dexter Green, football
His teammates called him "money" because of his penchant for coming up big at the crucial times. As much as any football player in Iowa State history, his biggest games came against the best teams. Earle Bruce said of the diminutive Green, "I have many backs get 100 yards in a game, but not many against Oklahoma and Nebraska. His legacy and soft spoken voice still echo in Cyclone history today.


Feb. 25 -- Maria Akraka, women's cross country and track and field
The daughter of a Swedish mother and a Nigerian father, Akraka was a rare Iowa State runner who excelled in the 800-meters in track and field but was also a front runner in cross country. This unique talent has a life story that has taken her around the world.


Feb. 28 - Essay on "The Life and Legacy of Jack Trice"
An in-depth essay on the environment experienced by African-Americans across the state of Iowa from George Washington Carver to Jack Trice and beyond. Iowa State Professor Emeritus Dorothy Schwieder, the nation's top scholar on the history of Iowa wrote about Jack Trice for a project funded by the Iowa Art in State Buildings Program for the ISU athletics program and the University Museums.

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