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Wally Triplett, N.F.L. Trailblazer, Is Dead at 92

Wally Triplett, one of the first African-Americans drafted by a National Football League team, died on Thursday. He was 92.

His death was announced by the Detroit Lions, the team that drafted him in 1949. The announcement did not say where he died.

Triplett, a running back, was the third African-American selected in an N.F.L. draft, but he was the first to play in a regular-season game. He played 18 games for the Lions in 1949 and 1950 and, after serving two years in the Army during the Korean War, six games for the Chicago Cardinals in the 1952-53 season.

George Taliaferro, who died in October, was the first black player drafted in the N.F.L. but played instead for a team in a rival league that season. He was chosen in the 13th round, six rounds before Triplett, in 1949.

Triplett was also the…

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Late DMPD Captain Hailed as Trailblazer for Community

The only other African – American to earn the rank of captain within the department is retired Captain Tony Steverson. In 2015, Lillie Sams made …
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African-American trailblazer and grocery store magnate Greg Calhoun dies at 66

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Greg Calhoun was a pioneer and a trailblazing magnate in the grocery store business. He worked his way up from being a bag boy to becoming the first African-American to own a major grocery store in the South. His empire expanded to 15 grocery stores before the last store was closed in 2015. Ironically, the very first store that Calhoun purchased just so happened to be the same grocery store he worked in as a teenager. Calhoun recently passed away at the age of 66 in Los Angeles, CA.

Calhoun was always a hard worker, and as such he purchased his first grocery store by the age of 32 after receiving a million dollar loan. He achieved much success in his life by believing in himself and demonstrating a hard work ethic. From his experiences with owning the Calhoun Foods supermarket…

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Julius Whittier, Texas Longhorns football trailblazer, dead at 68

Julius Whittier, the first black athlete to letter in football at the University of Texas, died Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reported. He was 68. His death was announced by the university on Thursday.

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Whittier, a San Antonio native, was among the first blacks to receive a scholarship at Texas, KSAT reported.

Whittier came to Austin in 1969 and starred for three seasons for the Longhorns (1970-72), playing the offensive line his first two years before moving to tight end, the Dallas Morning News reported. He also played linebacker. During his time at Texas, the Longhorns won three straight Southwest Conference titles and were named the 1970 national champions by United Press International.

The first black player for the Longhorns was walk-on E. A. Curry…

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Funeral arrangements for community trailblazer Hana Stith

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Fort Wayne African-American trailblazer Hana Stith dies

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