Feb. 1, 2010
MADISON, Wis. - During the month of February, the University of Wisconsin Athletics program will highlight several athletes and historic moments in recognition of Black History Month. As part of this celebration, current student-athletes have recorded public-service announcements focusing on former UW African-American athletes.
Today Ryan Gasper, student-athlete and distance runner at the University of Wisconsin, talks about Ed Smith, who was one of Wisconsin's top track and field athletes in the 1930s. He was a Big Ten champion hurdler and helped the Badgers to a top-five national finish in 1940.
To listen to the 60-second PSA or to listen to past student-athlete recordings click here.
To read more about Ed Smith and the University's stand against segregation in the 1939 track meet click here. To learn more about the University's refusal to abide by Missouri's Jim Crow law click here.
To learn more about Wisconsin's African-American athletics heritage see the special section Celebrating Wisconsin's Black History section which includes an historic timeline, stories of athlete pioneers, newspaper articles, photos and biographies on many former UW African-American athletes.
The Big Ten Conference has also continued its celebration of the conference's African-American heritage and will feature daily news articles on prominent Big Ten Conference athletes.
The UW Athletic program salutes Ed Smith, a former student-athlete who has a special place in Badger history. For more on UW Athletics' African-American heritage, visit UWBadgers.com throughout the month of February.