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Sat, 10.14.1916

Paul Robeson excluded from football game

On this date in 1916, Paul Robeson was excluded from the Rutgers football team. Robeson was one of their best players, but Washington and Lee University refused to play against a Black player.

Regretting the decision, Coach G. Foster Sanford a staunch defender of Robeson, stood by Robeson (a sophomore tackle) when the demand was again made by West Virginia.

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