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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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Hawkeyes Revisited: Duke Slater

I wrote a book with over 220 pages about Duke Slater, so I could talk about him all day.  In terms of contributions to the Hawkeye athletic department, on the field and off, Duke Slater is, in my opinion, the greatest Hawkeye athlete of all time.  There are so many facets and aspects to his contributions to American sports that it seems impossible to cover them all.  But in this edition of Hawkeyes Revisited, I’m going to try to give you a quick overview of one of the most remarkable athletes of the twentieth century. Duke Slater Frederick Wayman Slater was…

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Duke Slater

On August 15, 2012, Duke Slater was released by McFarland & Company.  Duke Slater is the first full-length biography of legendary African-American pioneer Fred “Duke” Slater. About Duke Slater Duke Slater was the greatest African-American football player of the first half of the twentieth century.  He earned seven letters at Iowa in football and track and was one of the key members of Iowa’s undefeated 1921 Big Ten championship team.  Slater made several all-time All-American teams after his retirement – in other words, multiple organizations selected him as one of the top two or three dozen athletes to ever play the game…

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