Top: Eddie Robinson, during practice in Memorial Stadium in Grambling, La., in the 1980s.
Below: FAMU Head Football Coach Jake Gaither in 1969.
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Black college coaches fought to end southern racism
One of the most overlooked events in history that helped advance the goals of the civil rights movement was the Orange Blossom Classic football game — an annual championship often referred to as the “Black Rose Bowl.” Conceived in the 1930s by J.R.E. Lee, Jr., the son of Florida A&M University’s [FAMU] then-president, the game migrated between Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa until 1947 when it settled in Miami.