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Moving the Chains: The Darryl Hill Story

Darryl Hill
3/21/11 - 7:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Lincoln Theatre, Washington, D.C.

The Lincoln Theatre presents a reading of UMD English Professor Michael Olmert's Moving the Chains: The Darryl Hill Story, the first African American football player in the ACC.



MOVING THE CHAINS: The Darryl Hill Story

Performance 7:45 pm

$35 – VIP Preferred Seating & Reception

           (First 75 tickets)

$25 – General Seating

$10 – University of Maryland Students   

              (Box office only)

Washington, DC’s historic Lincoln Theatre, in association with Theater J, proudly presents a dramatic reading of Michael Olmert’s stirring new play, Moving the Chains:  The Darryl Hill Story on Monday, March 21, at the Lincoln Theatre.

Maryland English Professor of the Practice, Michael Olmert ’80, an Emmy Award-Winning writer, captures the story of the first African American football player in the ACC in 1963 -- a Terrapin, Darryl Hill. A 1965 Maryland graduate, Hill was known as the Jackie Robinson of Southern college football.

The year was 1963. A young college athlete made history by becoming the first African-American on the University of Maryland football team and in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  His name was Darryl Hill.

Moving the Chains
is a story of breaking barriers in   1960’s Jim Crow America, a world that once refused even to allow Hill’s mother entrance into the segregated stadium to watch her son gain the title of “the Jackie Robinson of College Football.” 

Moving the Chains is also the story of an enduring friendship that overcame the barriers of race and religion as Hill bonded with his Jewish teammate Jerry Fishman, who more than any other understood discrimination in his own terms.  "People weren't ashamed to call you a Jew or use the ‘n’ word," Fishman said. "And people didn't bat an eye if they heard it."  They called themselves “the onlys.”

The performance will be followed by a Q & A with leading sports figures and journalists.  Moving the Chains is part of the Lincoln Theatre’s BACKSTAGE AT THE LINCOLN series of play readings addressing historic and contemporary issues in African-American life. The series is jointly sponsored with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.   For more information visit or call 202-328-6000.

**This is an exclusive Lincoln Theatre event – seating is limited. **