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Friday
30
MAR

GameChangers

18:30
20:30
Peoria Riverfront Museum
Event organized by Peoria Riverfront Museum

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Two high school basketball games. One headline-grabbing brawl. A memorable reunion among rivals 50 years later. GameChangers.

GameChangers sits at the intersection of sports, race, and culture, tipping off with 8mm game footage taken from two high school basketball games played in Chicago in the mid-Sixties. In 1965 and 1966, Marshall and New Trier met in the Evanston SuperSectional in back to back years. Marshall, the powerhouse from the Chicago Public League and perennial champ, won in '65 to head downstate for the finals yet again. New Trier won the rematch in '66 to advance downstate for their very first time. As you might expect, these matchups featured some predictable storylines, city versus suburbs, black versus white, and both games were played against the backdrop of a very turbulent time. Plenty of pre-game and post-game drama surrounded the rivalry, with shattered backboards, some really good basketball, and incendiary headlines - all taking center stage