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On the same day we recognize Juneteenth, the oldest national holiday commemorating emancipation from slavery in the United States, Seldon Wiggins, a 94-year-old Army veteran of World War II, is inspired by the movement of young people across this country protesting social injustice.
“I’m glad to see the young kids both Black and White being able to speak out, and not hide behind,” Higgins told NBC Sports Washington. “This seems to be real, I don’t think it’s a fake thing. And I think my generation can look at it with mixed emotions. We weren’t organized enough to do what’s being done now, we were isolated.”
To say Mr. Higgins has lived a full life would be an understatement. He was born before the Great Depression, served our country honorably, marched during the Civil Rights Movement and saw a Black man become President.
But in 1943, Mr. Higgins made history of his own. Playing varsity basketball for Booker T. Washington in Ashland, Ky., it is believed Higgins was part of the first interracial basketball game in the South between Black people and white people.
The journey to Olive Hill to play the all-white team started with a pair of flat tires, a trip that took 150 miles. Just 60 miles into the trip, the Booker T. team called ahead to say they wouldn’t be able to play the game due to tire issues. However, instead of delaying the game, members of Olive Hill staff drove to pick up Higgins and his teammates to make sure