Remember racial trailblazers Julius “Peter Rabbit” Johnson (Fairmont Heights H.S.) and Ronnie Hogue? Pete was one of the first two Black basketball players to wear the uniform of the Maryland University Terrapins (1965) and McKinley Tech’s Hogue paved the way at the University of Georgia in 1969. Both men are featured in chapters of Barry Jacobs’ book Across The Line- Profiles in Basketball Courage: Tales of the First Black Basketball Players in the ACC and SEC (The Lyons Press). It’s a worthwhile read, and local fans will recognize other D.C. area products in the stories (among them former McKinley big man Tim Bassett).
Hats off to the local kids who were pioneers on such campuses, and made us all proud.