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Setting the historical record straight

Former prep All-American Michael Hopwood wants to set historical record straight on the amazing 1968-69 Compton High Tarbabes basketball team By MICHAEL HOPWOOD I invite you to help correct history. Today, we launch the “Living Legends: 66-0”

Former prep All-American Michael Hopwood wants to set historical record straight on the amazing 1968-69 Compton High Tarbabes basketball team

By MICHAEL HOPWOOD

I invite you to help correct history. Today, we launch the “Living Legends: 66-0” documentary awareness and fundraising campaign. In the aftermath of the Watts civil unrest in 1965, a legendary basketball coach in Compton, Calif., Bill Armstrong, transformed a team of athletes into living legends whose feats and accomplishments were denied their rightful place in the historical record. We want to set the record straight. Support us now!

In the heat of CIF action, All-American Larry Hollyfield goes high to pull down a rebound for the Compton High Tarbabes. Photo: CHS Archives

In the heat of CIF action, All-American Larry Hollyfield goes high to pull down a rebound for the Compton High Tarbabes. Photo: CHS Archives

“Living Legends 66-0” will tell the story of the all-Black Compton High School basketball teams of 1968 and 1969. These men are living legends because their accomplishments on the court have never been surpassed.

The Compton Tarbabes rose to become the winningest high school basketball team in California history in the midst of the civil rights movement, social unrest, and personal triumph and tragedy. They faced racism on and off the court from their opponents, opponents’ coaches, officials, and fans.

Compton High was the first and only team in state history to win back-to-back undefeated national championships, establishing California’s longest record without a loss — 66-0.

Yet, not a single player on the Compton Tarbabe championship teams or its coach were selected to the California Interscholastic Federation’s (CIF) 100th Anniversary All-Century Team.

Our documentary will set the record straight and correct this historic oversight, showcase Compton’s championship teams, and traditions, and elevate Compton as a community where good things happen every day. No matter what people say about Compton, we are undefeated.

We need funding to complete “Living Legends 66-0.” Please help us share this story by donating here today. If you cannot donate, please share our story on social media (#weareundefeated)

We are grateful for your support. For more information, please contact me, Michael Hopwood at mlhopwood68@gmail.com.

 

 

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1 COMMENT
  • Tomas Carlos August 26, 2016

    “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”
    Romans 13:7

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