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"Jayhawkers" Highlights Fight for Integration in Lawrence

Jayhawkers 1957Championships_Grant-FitchThe team prepares for the 1957 national championship game in Jayhawkers. (Photo by Grant Fitch)

Jayhawkers-posterLawrence filmmaker Kevin Willmott is interested in the history of race in America... and his movies bear that out. His breakthrough film C.S.A. explored what American culture might look like if the Confederate Army had won the Civil War. Another Willmott movie, The Only Good Indian, explores the treatment of Native Americans. His films are thought-provoking inquiries into the intersection of race, culture and individual freedoms. Willmott's latest project is called Jayhawkers, which tells the story of Wilt Chamberlain's arrival on the largely-segregated University of Kansas campus in the 1950s. Willmott told KPR's Laura Lorson that changing the university's racial status quo was actually a multi-pronged effort.


Kevin Willmott is a professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, and the director of the film Jayhawkers. His latest movie makes its premiere tonight (FRI) at the Lied Center in Lawrence, with showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Additional screenings, including one with descriptions for the visually impaired, will take place over the weekend. For more information, call the Lied Center box office or visit them online at


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For more photos from the movie shoot, visit the Jayhawkers Facebook page.


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