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Hawkeyes Revisited: Archie Alexander

I wrote a book celebrating Iowa’s third African-American football player, Duke Slater.  And we started Black History Month on this site by profiling Frank Holbrook, Iowa’s first African-American athlete.  So I guess it makes sense to wrap up Black History Month for 2013 by revisiting the story of Iowa’s second black football player – Archie Alexander. Archie Alexander Archie Alphonso Alexander was born on May 14, 1888, in Ottumwa, Iowa.  He was the oldest of nine children born to his parents, Price Alexander and Mary (Hamilton) Alexander, who raised their large family in an area of Ottumwa set aside for…

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African-Americans in Hawkeye Sports, 1895-1961

The University of Iowa has a long and noteworthy history of providing athletic opportunities for African-Americans, particularly during times when such opportunities were uncommon elsewhere.  As part of Black History Month, I think it’s important to take a look at some of these pioneers for African-Americans in Hawkeye sports and recognize their accomplishments. African-Americans in Hawkeye Sports – The First Three The first three African-American athletes I’ve been able to identify from the University of Iowa were Frank Holbrook, Archie Alexander, and Duke Slater. Frank Holbrook, who I discussed indepth in a previous post, was Iowa’s first black athlete, lettering for the Hawkeye…

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Western Interstate University Football Association

In light of my post about Frank Holbrook, I decided to take a closer look at Iowa’s first conference: the Western Interstate University Football Association, which Iowa was a member of for six seasons from 1892-1897. According to my research, the WIUFA – along with the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest, which was also founded in 1892 – was the first interstate football conference between what are now Division I-A schools.  At least three football conferences predate the WIUFA, but these leagues were single-state conferences with schools in Illinois, Indiana, and Kansas, respectively. The Western Interstate University Football Association Membership in the…

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