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WSRE Will Air “Quiet Courage: The James Curtis Owens Story”

Last Updated by Mary Riker on

Thom Gossom Jr. shares the untold story of football pioneer James Owens,
Auburn University’s first African American scholarship football player.

PENSACOLA, Fla., June 17, 2015 –“Quiet Courage: The James Curtis Owens Story” is a documentary about football pioneer James Owens, Auburn University’s first African American scholarship football player. WSRE will broadcast the film Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The film is the brainchild of actor, producer, director and author, Thom Gossom Jr., the second black football scholarship athlete and the first black athlete to graduate at Auburn.

Gossom, a longtime actor (Fight Club, Jeepers Creepers 2, NYPD Blue, In the Heat of the Night, among others), wrote and produced “Quiet Courage” in association with Auburn University. The film delves into the personal price that Owens paid being the first and the impact he made on both the game and the lives of those he touched that still reverberates today.

In his 2013 memoir, Walk-On: My Reluctant Journey to Integration at Auburn University, Gossom wrote about his own experience at Auburn. The book’s foreword was written by 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan.

“Thom…captures the beginning of the biggest cultural change the southern sports landscape has experienced….Thom and James Owens, the other black player on our team, were facing everyday obstacles that many of us were not aware of or took for granted,” wrote Sullivan.

“Quiet Courage” was released in November by Gossom’s communication and consulting company, Best Gurl, Inc. of Fort Walton Beach.

Immediately preceding the “Quiet Courage” broadcast, Gossom will appear on WSRE’s “Conversations with Jeff Weeks” at 7 p.m. for an in-depth interview about the film and other aspects of his life and career.

About James Owens, Gossom says, “He was Bo Jackson before there was a Bo Jackson.”

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Mary Riker
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