An Oregon State University film series focused on social justice and the struggle for equality will feature OSU basketball coach Craig Robinson and former coach Paul Valenti as part of a panel discussion at 5 p.m. May 17 in the Founders Loge at Reser Stadium.
Created by the Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color at OSU, the “Power of One Film Series” will feature films based on individuals who have worked to change society through their struggle to bring about social justice.
The first film in the series is “Glory Road,” based on the true story of Don Haskins, the head coach at Texas Western College in El Paso in the mid-1960s.
Haskins was the first Division I basketball coach to recruit and play a team of African-American athletes against white athletes in a major tournament.
Clips from the film will be shown and a brief historical overview of OSU basketball will be provided. A panel discussion about the desegregation of basketball will follow.
The discussion will include Robinson, who has coached the OSU men’s basketball team since 2008; Valenti, who in 1965 desegregated the OSU basketball program; Charlie White, the first African-American OSU basketball player recruited with a full scholarship in 1965; Norman Monroe, first African-American walk-on player; and Larry Griggs, a former collegiate player and director of the OSU Educational Opportunities Program from 1985 through 2008.
For more information on the series, contact Dwaine Plaza at 541-737-5369 or Alex Sanchez at 541-737-8202.