\. Plot Overview. The Film Glory Road is a sports drama based on the true story in 1966 of Texas Western coach Don Haskins leading the first all-black starting lineup to the NCAA national championship. .
Glory Road is an inspirational story that displays the breakdown of racial barriers by an interracial basketball team and how they overcome traditional prejudices even though they are up against a considerable amount of drawbacks.
Texas Western uses teamwork and inner-strength to triumph over ignorant racism in the minds of many. Not only are they playing to win the the prize of a Division 1 championship but also racial equality.
When coach Don Haskins becomes the Texas Western University guys basketball coach, his main focus is the prize of a Division I championship, not civil rights, and he recruits his African-American players for their athletic talent, not out of personal righteousness.
Throughout the beginning of the movie there is a visual separation of black from white which symbolizes the real separation that occurred in the 1960’s.
All through the movie there exists the importance of brotherhood and the fact that when people work together and treat each other equally they can accomplish much more.
This movie is an important event not only in American sports history but on racial issues prevalent in sports.
Though the Civil Rights Act was passed by congress in 1965 racism was still prevalent in sports as well as every day issues, particularly in the south.
Though all the black players this is merely an act of sticking with your own kind.
Many hate crimes similar to these were acted out throughout the U.S. in the 1960’s and without abolitionists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X there might still be an abundance occurring to this day.