ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A 1930s University of Michigan athlete is being honored thanks in part to the efforts of an 8-year-old girl.
Genna Urbain of Brighton saw a documentary titled "Black and Blue" about events surrounding the Wolverines' game against Georgia Tech on Oct. 20, 1934.
The filmmakers highlight Willis Ward, who was benched for the game because he was black, and she was moved to action.
The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell and The Detroit News report Genna addressed the University of Michigan board and lobbied legislators. Now, Oct. 20 is being recognized as Willis Ward Day in Michigan. The Wolverines plan to honor Ward at their home game against Michigan State that day.
Ward died in 1983. He was a friend at teammate of President Gerald Ford.
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