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Before the West Coast: A Sports Civil Rights Story

  • 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • 129 Roosevelt Way
    New Orleans, LA 70112

Celebrating the integration of New Orleans high school sports through a documentary film about all-black St. Augustine High School integrating Louisiana’s all-white athletic association following a 1967 Federal Court order.  From 1969-79 the team, led by head coach Otis Washington, battled biased calls and outright racism to become the number 1 ranked team in the state. They revolutionized the game with new offensive plays and invigorated New Orleans’ black community during a time when civil rights and integration were hugely contested issues. Using archival footage and interviews with former players, coaches, and community members, Before the West Coast chronicles the school’s accomplishments and resilience that is exemplary of the New Orleans Tricentennial celebration.

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Orpheum Theater

Three levels of seating available for 1460 or standing reception for 1000. Private VIP boxes, six bars and a speakeasy lounge round out the audience experience. Offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting, a projection...