New Book Revisits Integration, Redefines Racism

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Football glory days the backdrop for 1960s epic journey

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“Racism is a learned characteristic, and I wanted to address that issue in an entertaining way,” says Nave.

A new book is revisiting 1960s integration, set against the timeless backdrop of college football.

Amid those who actually remember and the younger generations who reference Remember the Titans, 1960s integration still impacts lives today. In Lords of Autumn, Nave brings readers into the lives of three young men as they journey to Eastern University in Beaumont, Texas, after receiving football scholarships in 1962. Zack, the first black athlete to sign a scholarship in the Southwest Conference, faces a racially motivated storm when he arrives. Joined by all the incoming freshmen football players, the three men take a united stand, and catapult into lives measured by the elusive notion of destiny.

“Racism is a learned characteristic, and I wanted to address that issue in an entertaining way,” says Nave.

Touching on the overall theme that glory is fleeting, the book addresses the prevalence of racism in 1960s America, simultaneously tying together young love, old money and brotherhood. Nave’s own life experiences aid in the storyline’s credibility and relevance to the issues of the time period.

“The overall message is that true friendship is priceless, regardless of skin color,” says Nave. “The pride the Lords of Autumn have in the accomplishments of each other is really a model for all people.”

About the author
Richard W. Nave grew up on Navy bases up and down the east coast. He played football at North Chicago High, where his story begins in 1962, and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

A licensed engineer for more than 27 years, Nave retired in 2001. He lives with his wife, Diana, on a small farm in Tennessee where they raise American Quarter Horses. This is his first book.

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