In this edition of Christian movie reviews, we'll look at Glory Road.
While this isn't specifically a Christian movie, it is one of the more entertaining and clean movies out there. It's also based on an important event in American history.
Glory Road looks at the Texas Western men's basketball team. While you may not have heard of them specifically, if you're basketball fan, you owe them a lot. They were the first team to feature a starting lineup with five African Americans. It may not seem like a big deal, but considering they won the national championship that year, it is.
The general consensus of the time was that black people couldn't play with white's. Apparently it was ok to have one or two on the team, but the majority had to be white. This notion is almost laughable now, but at the time it made sense to most people in America.
The movie chronicles the entire season for Texas Western and gives us a look at what they had to endure. Imagine just getting beaten senseless in a restaurant bathroom because of what you looked like. Imagine getting popcorn and soda dumped on you when you run out to play a basketball game. They didn't have it easy.
The end of the year presented the most wonderful opportunity to prove that blacks could play. In the championship game, Texas Western faced an all-white Kentucky team. They were coached by the legendary Adolph Rupp, who also happened to be racist.
Texas Western only played their black players in the game, just to prove that it could be done. They won the game and changed the landscape of basketball ever since.
Overall, this is a really entertaining movie. It is inspirational, a good story, and fun for the whole family. This is one that I wouldn't have a problem letting my kids watch. If you haven't seen it, check it out.