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Pictured (L to R): IU Basketball Coach Tom Crean, IU 10 Don Silas, IU 10 Benny Norman, IU President Dr. Michael McRobbie, IU 10 Mike Adams, IU 10 Clarence Price, IU 10 Charlie Murphy, IU Football Coach Kevin Wilson

The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Friday, May 29, 2015. The program featured announcement that the nation’s Black Law Enforcement Executive will have their convention in Indianapolis the week before Black Expo. Plus the program featured an emotion reconciliation and a lesson in Indiana Black and Overall History. And a case of justice long overdue. (At The 1:13:44 Mark On The PODCAST Media Player) In the Fall of 1969, Indiana University’s Football team was on a roll and on track to head towards another appearance in the Rose Bowl.  But African-American football players were increasing disturbed at what they felt was a pattern of racism, bigotry, a quota system and second class treatment by the University and its their coaches.  So, after attempts to get things to improve, ten African-American football team players boycotted the final three games of the season.  The ten were kicked off the team by then Football Coach John Poont, though they were allowed to keep their scholarships.  Dubbed the IU 10, the slights and indignities they suffered linger for decades.  Mike Adams was one of the IU 10. A member of that 1967 IU Rose Bowl Team, he played in the 1968 and 1969 seasons. Haunted by the memories of those slights, Adams felt he needed to bring them the attention of the University and he wrote directly to Indiana University President Dr. Michael McRobbie.  That led to a series of conversations and in person meetings that included President McRobbie, Athletic Director Fred Glass and many other University officials with the IU 10. Those meetings resulted in a Reconciliation between the IU 10 and the University they still loved.  Appearing on Afternoons with Amos, Mike Adams talked emotionally and eloquently with Amos and listeners about what happened in 1969 and the indignities Black athletes had to endure on campus. Adams was joined by Anthony Thompson, one of IU Football’s greats from the 1980’s who’s now an Assistant Athletic Director.  Thompson explained the steps IU is taking to restore the IU 10 to Indiana legend and commemorate their sacrifice and dedication. As part of its reconciliation with the IU 10, Indiana University has: formally reinstated each of them to the 1969 team; provided them “lettermen’s blankets” which they would have otherwise received at the end of their senior years; and made them Life Members of the Indiana University Alumni Association. In addition, as part of the university’s Bicentennial Project to record oral histories of our most significant alumni and events, the university will take complete oral histories of all available, surviving members of the IU 10 and make those histories a permanent part of the Bicentennial Collection. The university will also establish permanent displays in both the Henke Hall of Champions and the Neal Marshall African-American Culture Center identifying the IU 10 and describing the role they played — among others — in drawing awareness to race relation issues at Indiana University. Each display will have an unveiling event to which the IU 10, as well as the general public, will be invited. As the centerpiece of addressing the experience of the IU 10, Indiana University will offer a class each year, for credit, studying the circumstances surrounding the 1969 boycott and what it can teach students about race relations, conflict resolution, and similar themes, including the opportunity for IU 10 members to serve as guest speakers.Said IU President Michael McRobbie, “I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet these fine men and tell them directly that I appreciated their efforts in helping to bring reconciliation to this challenging episode in our university’s history and their role in improving race relations at Indiana University both then and now.”

Gregory Thomas

Gregory Thomas, Incoming President Nat’l Organization Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

Asst Chief Lloyd Crowe

Ass’t IMPD Chief Lloyd Crowe

(At The 26:19 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). This July 11th to 15th the nation’s top Black Law Enforcement Executive will gather for their the 39th National Convention of NOBLE, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. On Afternoons with Amos, Gregory A. Thomas, National 1st Vice-President of NOBLE and the group’s incoming President and IMPD Assistant Chief Lloyd Crowe talked about the organization and the upcoming convention.   Thomas said that NOBLE represents Black law enforcement execs like Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs, Police Commissioners, heads of FBI and other Federal law enforcement agency field offices and top law Black law enforcement execs at the state level.  Obviously, said Thompson, a who supervises investigators in the Brooklyn New York District Attorney’s Office, the issues facing law enforcement and African-Americans will be discussed at NOBLE’s Convention here in Indy.  There will also be events where the community, especially youth, will be welcomed and invited. At the end of the interview, Amos asked Chief Crowe, son of the legendary Attucks Basketball Tams and former Parks Department Director Ray Crowe what his Dad would’ve thought and what his family thought about the 500 Festival and 500 Race Tributes to the Attucks 1955 Team. More Information About NOBLE can be found on their website. Click the Link Here:  NATIONAL ORGANIZATION BLACK LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES WEBSITE  The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Friday May 29, 2015 Runs 93 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Begins After Brief Video Ad. 

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