Breaking the Color Barrier in basketball at the University of Louisville

Art exhibit opens this Friday at Roots 101

(Louisville, KY) On Friday, March 15th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Guests will get the first look at the exhibit recognizing the three men who broke the color barrier in basketball at the University of Louisville. 

Roots 101 African American Museum and Mixed Nation will unveil the “Louisville Legends Art Exhibit” recognizing and honoring Wade Houston, the late Sam Smith and Eddie Whitehead. 

In 1962, Houston, Smith and Whitehead played a vital role as trailblazers for the University of Louisville’s Men’s Basketball program by having the opportunity to play for the university.  These three men stuck together, looked out for one another, and created a brotherhood on and off the court. Because of their resiliency the culture of basketball and the world we live in today have changed for the better.  Their actions forever changed the sport and race relations. 

The event will feature art by Charles Rice, a performance by the Sankofa Experience and tour of the museum.  There will also be light refreshments served. 

If you would like to attend, please email to RSVP to Seating is limited. 

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  We hope you will be able to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact VIPP Communications at  We will try to accommodate your requests.

Roots 101 is located at 124 N. 1st Street in downtown Louisville, KY. 

Former UofL & NFL star Jamon Brown talks about the hiring of Jeff Brohm:

December 8, 2022

“I feel the University is sending a strong statement to the city!  That it feels what the community feels, what the university feels!  This says the University will satisfy the needs to put the program in the best position to be the best in the country!

Jeff’s a hire I think that everyone can appreciate and respect! And he has the done a lot of great things in his time as a coach! Just look at what he has done for Purdue!

Now it’s time to get behind him, support his culture! To Jeff, welcome back make the city, the university, our alma mater proud! Go Cards!”

Jamon Brown