THREE DAYS AT FOSTER is the definitive documentary film about the pioneer athletes who shattered the color barrier at the University of Alabama, forever shadowed by segregationist Gov. George Wallace’s defiant 1963 stand at Foster Auditorium.
“The film reflects my point of view that the athletes who broke down this important barrier deserve to be recognized as important civil rights pioneers,” said director/writer/producer Keith Dunnavant, a best-selling sports author who has been working to bring this particular story to the screen for more than a decade.
Using Foster Auditorium, the site of Wallace’s futile attempt to prevent the integration of the student body, as a symbol of change across five decades, THREE DAYS AT FOSTER weaves a powerful story about the collision of sports and culture. Barrier-shattering basketball stars Danny Treadwell and Wendell Hudson are featured prominently. But the film focuses most intently on the efforts to integrate Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama football program, which has been widely misunderstood and the subject of significant mythology. THREE DAYS AT FOSTER breaks important new ground in several ways, including the largely unknown history concerning the five African-American students who walked onto the all-white Bama football team in the spring of 1967, when nearly the entire Southeastern Conference remained segregated. Three of those pioneers share their experiences for the first time, including Dock Rone, the first black man ever to suit up for the Crimson Tide. The film also tackles the distortions concerning the 1970 Alabama-Southern Cal game at Legion Field, while providing an intimate and revealing portrait of Wilbur Jackson, the first African-American to sign a football scholarship with the Crimson Tide, who, in the words of Dunnavant, became “the generational bookend to Rosa Parks.”
“Even in George Wallace’s Alabama, there was a force more powerful than hate,” Dunnavant said, “and these athletes tapped into that power to help Alabamians begin to see beyond black and white.”