50 years later, game’s impact on race relations resonates

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The first integrated high school basketball game in the South has been commemorated at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1IiLaYE) reports many of those who played in that 1965 game between Father Ryan and Pearl-Cohn attended the event, where the girls and boys basketball teams at the schools played as a part of a celebration of the game’s 50th anniversary.

The game was among the first events to signal change and a victory for civil rights.

Although recent protests have been ignited by racial tensions in the nation, many of those who played in the game in 1965 say race relations are better today.

They say improvements are still needed, but the progress that’s been made shouldn’t be minimized.