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Oak Ridge honors desegregation fighters in game against Campbell County

Oak Ridge will do more than play football Friday night.
Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 4:14 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2020 at 5:55 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Oak Ridge took on Campbell County Friday night and clinched a sound victory.

Oak Ridge won 42-0.

Friday night wasn’t just about the game, however, but also a moment to remember the past. The team honored honor members of the historic Oak Ridge 85, Black students who desegregated schools in the South for the first time in 1955. The students were on the front lines in the fight against racism when they integrated Oak Ridge High School and Robertsville Junior High.

They were the first to integrate a school in the South that was not publicly funded. Just down the road and a year later, the Clinton 12 became the first students to integrate a publicly funded school in the region.

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