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Book Signing with Evin Demirel, African-American Athletes in Arkansas

November 16, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Join the Fort Smith Museum of History, Representative George McGill and author Evin Demirel for a book signing and program featuring African-American Athletes in Arkansas: Muhammad Ali's Tour, Black Razorbacks, and Other Forgotten Stories. The book signing will begin at 5 p.m. with the program at 6 pm. Arkansas' rich African-American sports heritage finally gets the attention it deserves with this one-of-a-kind anthology. The collection showcases original features on Fayetteville's forgotten "Black Razorbacks" of the 1930s, Muhammad Ali's fascinating weeklong 1969 tour through the state and award-winning articles form Slate, Arkansas Life magazine, the North Little Rock Times, the Arkansas Times and more. Representative George McGill's family stories of his father, Louis "Teddy" McGill are included in the book. Louis McGill "was considered one of the area's best left-handed pitchers-a star on semi-pro and pro teams in Fort Smith and east Oklahoma." Evin Demirel, a former Latin teacher and award-winning feature writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has written for the likes of the New York Times, Daily Beast, SLAM Magazine and Arkansas Money and Politics. The Little Rock native graduated from Central High School and the University of Arkansas. "Really well written, informative stories about the Arkansas greats and people who paved the way for my dad, Almer Lee, Martin Terry and others…It will speak to athletes, coaches and history lovers across the state and region, and should be read by Razorback fans of all backgrounds. But its reach should be wider-it's national history as well." Ronnie Brewer, two-time All-SEC Razorback basketball player.

Admission: $7 adults; $5 veterans and military; $2 children, under age 6 free

Event Location and Contact Information:
Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas


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