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WSRE Airs In-Memoriam Broadcast of James Owens Film on Thursday

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“Quiet Courage” shares the untold story of football pioneer James Owens, Auburn University’s first African American scholarship football player.

PENSACOLA, Fla., March 29, 2016—James Owens was Auburn University’s first African American scholarship football player. He played on the varsity team from 1970 to 1972. He died on Saturday, March 26 at age 65. In remembrance of the football pioneer, WSRE will air “Quiet Courage: The James Curtis Owens Story” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. The documentary film was created by Owens’ teammate and friend, Thom Gossom Jr., Auburn’s second African American scholarship football player and the first to graduate.
An author, actor and filmmaker, Gossom wrote and produced “Quiet Courage” in association with Auburn University. The film includes interviews with Owens, coaches and teammates and delves into the personal price that Owens paid being the first black scholarship football player and the impact he made on the game and on the lives of others that still reverberates today.
“Quiet Courage” was released in November 2014 by Gossom’s communication and consulting company, Best Gurl, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach. He was interviewed about the film on WSRE’s “Conversations with Jeff Weeks” in 2015; that show can be viewed at
In a commentary about Owens posted on Monday, Gossom said, “He will always be remembered for what he gave to Auburn University, the state of Alabama and college football. I will always remember him as my friend.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of Auburn Athletics.

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