Jumping hurdles: Ken Gibson first African-American head track coach University of Mississippi

Ken Gibson’s track career has sent him all over the world, garnered national championships and landed him in numerous halls of fame. And it all started with swim trunks and tennis shoes. Running in a track meet at the end of the school year, Gibson received encouragement from a friend who wanted Gibson to run in some summer track meets. “He said ‘I’ll be coming to get you,’” Gibson recalled. “I forgot all about it. A week later there was a knock on my door and he asked if I was ready to go.” Gibson wasn’t, but he quickly...

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