Black Arkansans Fueled the NFL’s Evolution

Explore the challenges and victories of Elijah Pitts, Willie Davis, and Travis Williams and how their lives impacted the NFL we see today.

Taken from: African-American athletes in Arkansas: Muhammad Ali’s tour, black Razorbacks, & other forgotten stories by Evin Demirel (ISBN: 978-0-9990083-1-7)

Lesson Plan

Courtesy of Evin Demirel

Grade Level:5-8 Middle School
Time period: Modern Era 1968 to Present

Arkansas Academic Standards are subject to revision every six years by the Arkansas Department of Education. The frameworks used in the majority of lesson plans on the Arkansas History Hub are from the 2006 Social Studies Frameworks and the 2007 Arkansas History Amendments and School Library Media Frameworks.

RL.7.1, RL.7.3, W.7.1



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