Two African Americans Earn Distinguished Honors

Annette Yancy, academic counselor at the Center for Advising and Counseling at Louisiana State University, has been selected to receive the Outstanding Advising Award from the National Academic Advising Association. She will receive the award at the association’s annual convention in Nashville in October.

Yancy has been on the staff at LSU since 1989. She is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, where she majored in psychology. Yancy earned a master’s degree at Western Michigan University.

James Owens, the first African American to play varsity football at Auburn University in Alabama, was honored by the university with an award that bears his name. He also is the first recipient of the James Owens Courage Award.

When he integrated the football team in 1968, Owens was subjected to racial slurs and personal fouls. Off the field, he was unwelcome in many establishments his White teammates frequented.

Here is a video showing Owens scoring a touchdown on a punt return against the University of Florida.

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