Trenise Ferreira is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Journalism. Michael Castillo is the College Editorial Director for Fansided.com Sports Network.
Dr. Jabari Mahiri and the UC Berkeley School of Education
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Solano Valley Alumnae Chapter
Jonathan B. McCoy
Brenda Coleman Houston
Samanthan Gail Dickinson
Deirdre English, who helped me shape the narrative of "Student Body Left". You are an amazing editor and it was a joy working with you!
William Drummond, who believed in my vision and helped me secure funding
Jeremy Rue and Koci Hernandez, who helped me bring this multimedia platform to life
Michael Castillo, my brilliant colleague and friend who traveled through Louisiana with me and helped shoot the photos and videos in this project. Thank you for helping me capture the beauty of HBCU Football
Chris Schodt, for being my second photo editor. Your work was beautiful and I am so grateful!
Jazz White and the White Family, for hosting Michael and I during Thanksgiving of all weeks, and showing us the true meaning of Southern Hospitality
Doug Porter, who gave me access to his home and his memories of all that was glorious about Grambling State football. I will never forget the time I spent learning from you, and I hope this project brings you joy
Robert Bennett, who showed me just how much the world of HBCU Football changed from his time as a player to his time as a coach. Thank you for sharing these personal moments with me, and for letting me use them in this project
James Harris, who talked to me about just how difficult but important it was to break the NFL quarterback color barrier, and to change the entire complexion of professional football as a whole
Coach Tee Martin, for giving me the idea for this project in the first place. Four years ago, you casually mentioned how no one had really looked into how the desegregation of the SEC killed HBCU Football. I told you then, if I ever went to grad school, I would tell the story for thesis project. So here we are, and here it is. Thank you for sparking the flame that became a passion
Jeff Fellenzer, for providing perspective on the landscape of college football today. Thank you for always being in my corner and helping foster my ideas for sports journalism
Dr. Derek Van Rheenen, for giving clarity to exploitation as it pertains to today's college sports landscape
Melvin Lee and family, for providing me with such wonderful news clippings and historic photos of the rich tradition that was Grambling State Football.
The Grambling State University Athletic Department
Dr. Larry Pannell and the Grambling State Band
The Southern University Athletic Department
The Bayou Classic
The Eddie Robinson Museum and Staff
The University of Southern California Athletic Department
The University of California Berkeley Athletic Department
The University of Tennesee and VFL Films