Thom Gossom Jr.

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January 21, 1952

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Thom Gossom Jr. was the first black athlete to graduate from Auburn University in 1975. A walk on, Gossom defied the odds, earned a scholarship and became a three-year starter. He is featured in the HBO special, Breaking the Huddle, about the integration of Southern college football. His film and television credits include Reckless, The Fight Club Jeepers Creepers 2, Miss Evers Boys, Boston Legal, NYPD Blue and In the Heat of the Night.

His published memoir, Walk On: My Reluctant Journey to Integration at Auburn University is in its third printing.

The short story collection trilogy, "A Slice of Life" "Another Slice of Life" and "The Rest of the Pie" has just been published.

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Walk-On

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A fascinating book I could not put down. I read it in 3 days and did not want to finish it. Robert Peace was a brilliant young man from rough and tumble Newark New Jersey who left for the Ivy League only to find out he could never truly leave his ro ...more
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Bus Ride To Freedom— Fred Gray
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A Slice of Life by Thom Gossom Jr.
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"Love this series. Great must-read!"
Why Are They Following Me? by Joyce Gillie Gossom
"This is a wonderful book about the important topic of leadership that presents important ideas and suggestions in a fun way!"
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
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