Pioneer in Racial Advancement
Narrated by JD Jackson
Audio Sorceress would like to highlight the career and life of an incredible man - Fritz Pollard, born Frederick Douglass Pollard, in Chicago, in 1894. Made possible by the University of Illinois Press and in collaboration with Dreamscape Media, Audio Sorceress is happy to announce we are producing the audiobook of Fritz Pollard's biography.
In 1920, Fritz Pollard dominated the field during the first NFL Championship. In 1921, he became the league's first black coach, for the Akron Pros. He later joined the Hammond Pros as the first black quarterback.
He was a pioneer, paving the way for many men and women, yet so few of us have heard of him. Audio Sorceress is working to change that by making his story global and bringing his biography into the audiobook world. Our aim is to see his biography in African American research centers, schools, libraries, and more.
Once Fritz Pollard retired from the sport, he was shut out after they banned African Americans from the sport from 1934-1946. He died in 1986 before another black coach would be appointed (1989).
His son, Fritz Pollard Jr. fought tooth and nail for his Dad to appear in the Hall of Fame (and rightfully so!) He died two years prior to this becoming a reality.
But Fritz Pollard is now in the Hall of Fame, and we are grateful to share his story and to help continue his legacy. He fought adversity and racism every step of the way- adversity and racism that still exists today.
An excerpt from the book: As Fritz Pollard Jr., said with a touch of sadness while reflecting on his father's illustrious career, "If he had been white, everyone in the world would have known about him. That's the kind of personality he had."
Please join us in honoring Fritz Pollard's life.