University of Alabama Alumni & Author Publishes Important Memoir of Black History

May 06, 2021 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
Alabama Crimson Tide: 1967 and the Undercurrents of Integration - The First Five - Before the Season Changed, a new book by Andrew Pernell, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Mr.Pernell was born in the basement of the segregated Bessemer General Hospital in Bessemer, Alabama, on January 19, 1948. Mr. Pernell came of age in the '60s during the Civil Rights Movement. He attended the segregated Robertstown Negro Elementary School in Bessemer.

After completion of elementary school, Mr. Pernell was bused to the all-black Brighton High School in Brighton, Alabama, to continue his secondary education. While in high school, Mr. Pernell participated in numerous marches and sit-ins in the Birmingham (Alabama) area. Mr. Pernell excelled in both academics and football.

After graduating from Brighton High School in 1966, Mr. Pernell began attending the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) in the fall of 1966. While at Alabama, Mr. Pernell and four other students became the first five black players to walk-on to the historically segregated University of Alabama football team. After graduating from the University of Alabama in 1970, Mr. Pernell worked in several and varied professional fields and is currently owner-along with his wife-of Kingdom Academy Child Care Center in Beachwood, Ohio. Mr. Pernell earned his M.B.A. degree from Western International University in Phoenix, Arizona, where he graduated with the academic distinction of magna cum laude.

Mr. Pernell is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. Mr. Pernell is married to Chelsea and they have three sons: Brian Andre is a graduate of Columbia Southern University (Alabama) and is married to Brandi; they have two daughters-Braelyn and Gianna; Leland Christopher is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati (Ohio); and Brian Christopher is a student-athlete at Clarion University (Pennsylvania).

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Alabama Crimson Tide: 1967 and the Undercurrents of Integration - The First Five - Before the Season Changed is a 188-page paperback with a retail price of $34.99. The ISBN is 978-1-6495-7270-7. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at

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