The Transylvania Times -

By John Lanier

Historian: Integration Of Cheerleaders Was Difficult To Achieve - Brevard NC


While the integration of white and black athletes in the 1960s and ‘70s took place with relatively few problems, the integration of cheerleading squads was more problematic.

Pamela Grundy, a sports historian, told a crowd of roughly 50 people attending her talk, “Athletes, Cheerleaders and Civil Rights in North Carolina,” at the county library last week that team integration went somewhat smoothly due to obvious objective measures.

“Either you can hit the basket or you can’t. Either you can hit the receiver or you can’t,” said Grundy. “It’s very clear who’s good.”


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