Ernie Davis was a trailblazer, the first black winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1961. The life of the talented running back from Syracuse University was defined by his ability to overcome obstacles off the gridiron as much as on it. “The Express: The Ernie Davis Story,” a 2008 film directed by Gary Fleder, is showing Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Byrd Theatre. It tells the inspirational story of Davis’ struggles and triumphs as a black athlete in a segregated nation. Before the film, Hall of Fame Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Lanier will talk about the importance of Davis’ contribution, not only by breaking down color barriers in collegiate and professional sports, but also to American society as a whole. Presented by Bon Secours, the screening of the film and discussion of Davis’ life begins at 1 p.m. Free. byrdtheatre.com.
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