Nathaniel Northington, first black football player in SEC, pens memoir

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New book ‘Still Running’ retells story of Northington breaking racial barriers in collegiate sports

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The Southeastern Conference (SEC) of collegiate football was racially segregated in 1947 – the year the NAACP made an appeal to the world on racism before the United Nations – and the year Nathaniel Northington was born. However, throughout his adolescence Northington continued to fall prey to the effects of bigotry and hatred. But due to the academic achievements and athletic skill he demonstrated in high school, he became the first African-American to receive and sign an athletic scholarship to the University of Kentucky.

Northington tells his life story of overcoming racism in the realm of collegiate football in his new autobiographical memoir, “Still Running: The Autobiography of Kentucky’s Nate Northington, the First African American Football Player in the Southeastern Conference” (published by iUniverse).

Within the pages of “Still Running,” Northington relays his experiences as the first black football player in the SEC. His story includes retellings of his and other black football players’ struggles throughout the civil rights movement and how they reached milestones in the athletic and social realms.

“I want readers to get a glimpse of how African-Americans sacrificed their lives to make this country a better place for everyone,” Northington says. “Many even gave their lives to make the playing field equal. With the help and grace of almighty God, we are able to overcome all obstacles and be victorious and pave the way for others to follow.”

Still Running
By Nathaniel Northington
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 258 pages | ISBN 97814917464799
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 258 pages | ISBN 9781491745939
E-Book | 258 pages | ISBN 9781491745922
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Nathaniel Northington is a notable African-American Kentuckian. He is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, a civil rights pioneer and an accomplished athlete. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University after transferring from the University of Kentucky and is currently the regional director of property management with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority. He and his wife, Gwendolyn, live in the Louisville metropolitan area, where he is also a licensed minister in his local church.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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