ESPN is wrapping up its latest group of films in its 30 for 30 series. The network will air the penultimate episode from this installment of the series tomorrow night, October 30th. Ghosts of Ole Miss will air tomorrow night at 8pm EST on ESPN/ESPN HD. The film focuses on the racial tensions on the campus of Ole Miss as James Meredith was set to become the university’s first ever African American student in the fall of 1962. The impact of Meredith’s acceptance into the university reverberated all the way to the nation’s capital and then president John F. Kennedy.
Along with becoming the university’s first African American student, Meredith also joined the university’s football team. The team would go on to one of its best seasons in team history. That success would play directly into the overall racial tensions at the university. Meredith himself is interviewed for tomorrow night’s feature, along with a number of others. The interviews culled for this feature put everything into perspective and lead Ghost of Ole Miss to really hit home.
As with ESPN’s previous 30 for 30 features, this one will also be accompanied by a short in the 30 for 30 Shorts collection. This time, the bonus short–presented by ESPN and grantland.com—focuses on author Alfred Slote’s book, Jake. Jake is a children’s book about a young African American boy with the dream of one day being a big league baseball star. Slote himself is interviewed in the new 30 for 30 short. A bonus article written by Bill Simmons joins the feature. Simmons and friend Jonathan Hock worked together for the complete feature. Audiences can check out that feature now online at http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8538119/jake.
For all updates on ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, audiences can go online to espn.com/30for30, http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30, or http://twitter.com/30for30. The final installment in this group of films in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is titled, You Don’t Know Bo. It will air on ESPN/ESPN HD on Saturday, December 8th at 9pm.
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