CCU faculty members write book on Conway football boycott

CCU faculty members write book on Conway football boycott

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Faculty members from Coastal Carolina have written a book about the 1989 Conway High School football boycott that caused racial tension in Conway. They will also offer a book signing.

According to a news release from CCU, Joe Oestreich and Scott Pleasant wrote the book "Lines of Scrimmage: A Story of Football, Race and Redemption," published by the University Pres of Mississippi on Sept. 1.

Pleasant and Oestrich will read and talk about their new book on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium of the Wall College of Business. A reception and book signing will follow.

The story behind "Lines of Scrimmage" began more than 25 years ago at a Conway High School football game. "We wanted to tell a football story set in a time of racial discord rather than a story about a protest movement that happened to have been started by a football incident," the authors wrote in the back of the book.

According to CCU, Oestreich is an associate professor of English at CCU who teaches creative writing. He is the author of "Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll." His work has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Ninth Letter, Creative Nonfiction, and The Normal School, among others.
Pleasant has been the Writing Center coordinator at CCU since 2010. Prior to that, he was a lecturer in the Department of English. His work on writing center issues has appeared in Writing Lab Newsletter and Southern Discourse, a journal published by the Southeastern Writing Center Association.

To purchase a copy of the book visit here.

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