Football brings focus on fiscal issues

Updated: October 22, 2013, 12:27 AM ET
By Samuel G. Freedman | Special to ESPN.com

When the Grambling Tigers took the field for their homecoming game in October 1967, a group of students stood just behind one end zone. They were conspicuously reading textbooks, and they carried sheets of paper with a list of demands called "The Mandates." This piece of political theater culminated days of boycotting classes and holding teach-ins.

The protesters were decrying the racial disparities in education funding that persisted in Louisiana 13 years after the U.S. Supreme Court had ...

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