‘Before the West Coast: A Sports Civil Rights Story' makes local premiere

The president of St. Augustine in New Orleans talks about the film he has made about the history of the high school and the hurdles it overcame to compete in Louisiana's formerly-segregated high school system.

NEW ORLEANS – A documentary which chronicles St. Augustine High School’s early days in the LHSAA premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival.

The filmmaker joins Doug Mouton in-studio to talk about what he calls a sports civil rights story.

St. Augustine won a suit against the LHSAA in 1967, which allowed the predominately African-American school to compete against white schools.

The documentary covers the years from 1967 through the end of the Otis Washington era, in 1979. The title of the documentary refers to the innovative offense Washington ran in the 70’s.

As of Oct. 23, only a trailer is available as the filmmaker looks for national distribution.

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