Providence College: Black & White is an original documentary film from Cox Sports detailing the relationship between the civil rights movement in America and college basketball at Providence College.
In an era when most major programs failed to integrate, the PC men’s basketball team had African American players dating back to the 1930′s, decades before the NIT and NCAA tournaments allowed black student athletes to compete. It was also in the 1930′s that that Mal Brown, the trainer for whom PC’s annual pre-season scrimmage is still named after, began his employment at the college.
This film focuses on Providence College’s pioneering role in integrating college athletics, acting in parallel with the American civil rights movement. Included are career highlights from prominent African American graduates such as Lenny Wilkens and John Thompson.
“Cox Sports is truly the industry leader and this documentary is an example of the quality of the work they produce”, Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said. “This documentary highlights many of the great student athletes who played at Providence College while showcasing our rich tradition and history.”
Emmy award winning producer Chris Ackerknecht developed the project over the course of a year, which includes current interviews from Friar legends Lenny Wilkens and John Egan, as well as Providence Journal sports writers Bill Reynolds & Kevin McNamara, among others.
“We are very proud to produce and air such a thoughtful and informative film”, said Doreen Studley, regional vice president of marketing at Cox. “Although the story of race and sports in America is a vast one, to be able to share a truly local piece of it with our customers is something very special.”
DVD copies of the film are available for purchase. To order your copy, click HERE.