George Flippin's Legacy (2:10 version)
On Sept. 16, UNL honored George Flippin's legacy with the unveiling of a new art project bearing his likeness at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. The four-by-six-foot mural-style portrait of Flippin in his Nebraska football uniform - a white sweater emblazoned with a red "N" - is the culmination of the work of a dozen student volunteers.
The project provided an opportunity to transcend cultural boundaries through art by enlisting the talents of the volunteers from Prof. Aaron Holz’s advanced painting class in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.
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[00:00:00.570](sports broadcaster play-by-play) ... Anthony Blue to Sean Gomes back there to grill him...
[00:00:06.849]Announcer: Before he was side-lined by injuries, Anthony Blue played football for the Huskers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:00:14.232]But Blue's talent goes beyond the football field.
[00:00:17.931]Blue: For me, that's just something that I was able to do, and something that I was kinda good at that got me here.
[00:00:23.999]But there's - I just want to show that there's a lot more to me than just sports.
[00:00:28.467]Ultimately, I just like creating things. Seeing an idea come to life and having others be able to relate to it in some sorta way.
[00:00:40.845]Announcer: A senior art major, Blue likes to paint portraits of those who inspire him, like fellow Husker Yoshi Hardrick.
[00:00:48.286]Blue: I mean, if you just hear his stories; he's been through a lot of struggle and ups and downs. I mean, his future's bright. He's someone I really look up to.
[00:00:57.070]Announcer: Blue is inspired by another Nebraska football player. In 1892, George Flippin was the state's first African-American athlete and one of only five in the nation.
[00:01:08.899]Flippin went on to become a doctor and open a hospital in Stromsburg, Nebraska.
[00:01:17.315]Blue is one of twelve UNL students who created an art project honoring this famous Nebraskan.
[00:01:23.921]The portrait of George Flippin hangs in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center on the UNL campus.
[00:01:29.836]Blue: George Flippin inspires me because he was able to achieve in such hard times. And it goes to show that there is opportunity,
[00:01:37.366]... and there is a chance for you to do something great in life and make a difference.
[00:01:42.507]Announcer: Each student painted two squares of the portrait. Crystal Sanders, a recent UNL graduate, enjoyed being part of the process.
[00:01:51.417]Sanders: Having an imprint on the University of Nebraska, you know, being part of the permanent collection, being a part of his/Flippin's legacy - I feel honored.
[00:02:02.332]Announcer: Flippin's portrait is a reminder that achievement is always possible.
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