Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

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Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

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Texas school wants apology for 'Glory Road' movie portrayal

EL PASO, TEXAS

Officials at Texas A&M-Commerce University want Walt Disney Co. and the makers of the film "Glory Road" to apologize for inaccurately linking their school to some of the film's most racially charged scenes.

The movie chronicled the history-making Texas Western University Miners, who won the 1966 NCAA men's basketball title with the first all-Black starting lineup in a championship game. It included a "completely false" depiction of a game against East Texas State University, says spokeswoman Lorraine Pace. The school later became Texas A&M-Commerce.

In the movie, East Texas fans are shown throwing drinks and popcorn and yelling racial slurs at Texas Western - now known as the University of Texas at El Paso - during a regular-season game in Commerce. Texas. A scene after the game shows a vandalized hotel room, with racial slurs written on the walls in red.

"It was just too awful for words." Pace says, especially since the scene depicted never happened.

According to UTEP athletic department archives, the Miners played the East Texas Lions in El Paso on Dec. …

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