Bradley's civil rights celebration includes sports movie screening

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

As part of Bradley University’s 2013-2014 theme “Celebrating Civil Rights — Past and Present”, a screening of the 2013 film "42" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. April 3 in Renaissance Coliseum. 

The movie tells the life story of history-making Jackie Robinson and it portrays his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the racism he encountered as the first African American player in Major League Baseball. 

Prior to the movie at 6 p.m., Doug Alligood, Class of 1956, will discuss his experiences as an African American student athlete at Bradley, one of the few schools allowing black athletes to play sports.

Alligood is currently the Senior Vice President of Horizontal Markets at BBDO New York. A trailblazer while at Bradley, Alligood became one of the first black executives in the advertising industry.

He entered Bradley in 1952 after his first college of choice refused to accept him because he was African American. Bradley offered him a scholarship and the university arranged a tuition payment plan for his family.

The screening of "42" is free and open to the public.  Alligood’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in Renaissance Coliseum, dinner will be provided with the program and the film screening will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Bradley’s Civil Rights theme honors the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The year-long, campus-wide theme focuses on how learning from the past can shape the future.