Goal Dust: The Warm and Candid Memoirs of a Pioneer Black Athlete and Actor

Woody Strode's remarkable profession led him from soccer box to wrestling ring to Hollywood. In 1939 Woody, Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington led UCLA to its first undefeated soccer season. After global battle II Woody and Kenny Washington turned the 1st blacks to play within the NFL. In 1950 Woody grew to become seasoned wrestling's first black celebrity, After that it used to be a small step to Hollywood the place he seemed in such movies as The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, and The Cotton Club. Sam younger and Woody Strode met whereas engaged on a televisions creation. Their courting grew until eventually after 3 years, numerous hours of conversations and interviews, Goal Dust was once accomplished.

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Good, due to Kennv's highschool functionality, bv the time he acquired to UCLA the crowds stored corning. all of the minorities UCLA simply because they have been the 1st university to reallv supply the to the minority athlete an opportunity to play. If we drew 100,000 Coliseum, 40,000 of them ivould be black; that used to be with reference to each black individual within the citv of l. a.. They got here to work out Ken&: and me play. We bought loads of awareness from the click and that further to our publicity. It used to be strange for a black athlete to get featured within the white press, yet they'd a distinct manner of writing approximately us. i've got this text written by way of Melvin Durslag of the Herald-Examzner that explains the journalistic form of that point: THE weather OF WASHINGTON'S period As a operating mate of Jackie Robinson within the UCLA backfield, Kenny Washington rose to a spot of prominence in the course of a curious time in activities. It was once a interval during which the black athlete used to be applauded, yet no longer but adrmtted to the most circulation of athletics. You did not see Negroes plaving at Notre Dame, or USC, or Stanford, or Yale, or a few different colleges. Nor did you spot them in expert baseball or soccer. Their position within the press was once fascinating, too within the activities Black L&htniy moves journalism practiced on the timc, ~twas common, if now not trendy, to patronize the black athlete in a \vay that will disillusioned stomachs this day. VC'ashington, for example used to be kno~trnas "Kingfish," from the &nos and Andy personality of the sanlc identify. jointly, he and Robinson have been referred to as the "Gold dirt Tkins," a moclung appellation that would were given a couple of black faucet dancers operating a nightclub in Keno. You give some thought to the regimen language within the journalism of that pcriod and also you are inclined to wince. It wasn't unusual to determine a black runner defined as a "sepia sprinter. " Nor did vou blanch for those who examine a "Senegambian pace service provider. " one other attractiveness \ ~ a "dusky s speedster. " Such used to be the weather through the timc that Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson romped up and down the garden in collage soccer, forming the simplest backfield twosome of that period. Actuallv, \ve have been known as the "(;oal D u s t Xvins. " B o b Hunter o f the Lox ~ n ~ e l Examiner es all started that. and h e first used it as a connection with Kennil and m e earlier t o Jaclue Robinson becoming a member of us at UCLA. We have been operating workforce, but if Kennv could not locate room t o maneu\cr he'd search for m e downfield; 1 used to be his batterymate. We did not throw too mani7 brief passes, ordinarily f o r w vards going a\vav. And 1 may possibly outrun &w-ybodr. We began hool%g u p o n much o i these passes and that is whilst Bbb Hunter got here up with the identify. He g o t the assumption from a field o f cleaning soap powder, Fairbank's Gold Llust, that used an image o f coal-black luds o n the canopy. T h e v iverc the "Gold dirt Tivins. " It used to be rather a well-liked advertisements slogan at that tirne; \ve heard it o n the radio even1 da\r. S o that used to be only a play o n phrases; Bob Hunter replaced it t o the "Goal D u s t 3vins" and h u n g that label o n us.

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