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The Dream, Fifty Years Later

Posted: 09-05-2013 | Categories: Football, Administrators, Coaches, Parents & Students

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King and hundreds of thousands of Americans marched on Washington, D.C. to claim the freedom promised to them in our nation’s founding. The LHSAA celebrates the progress accomplished so far, and pledges to continue his work to stamp out discrimination in any form found in any place. 

Since that day, countless heroes fought to chip away at hatred, racism and sexism in their own communities. One such hero was Coach Alton “Red” Franklin of Haynesville High School. He rose to the head football coaching position during the height of the civil rights movement in 1967.

Coach Franklin sought to make race irrelevant on his squad. In the decades following his appointment as head coach, he unified players of all races into a dominating force. While the world was in turmoil around them, his players knew that football practice was just football practice and nothing more. For a few hours a day, they could shut out everything else and focus on winning, which they did.

The story of Coach Franklin serves as a call to action for all of us to step in and stop discrimination whenever we see it. These small acts are the only way we can truly realize Dr. King’s dream.
Coach Franklin will be recognized tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 6 as the Haynesville community renames the Haynesville High School stadium to the “Red Franklin Memorial Stadium.” Join us in congratulating Coach Franklin on such a remarkable career.

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