The premier showing of The Forgotten Coach — The John McLendon Story — will be Thursday at the University of Kansas.
The documentary of McLendon, who this year became the first person enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach and contributor, was directed by Kevin Willmott.
It was inspired by McLendon’s biography, “Breaking Through: John B. McLendon, Basketball Legend and Civil Rights Pioneer” by Milton Katz.
The film reviews the remarkable life of McLendon, the first black student at Kansas to earn a physical education degree and study under basketball inventor and KU professor, James Naismith.
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McLendon went to become one of basketball’s greatest coaches, winning three NAIA championships at Tennessee State and breaking racial barriers along the way.
The premier will start at 7 p.m. in room 3140 of Wescoe Hall.