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‘A Touch of Glory’ Celebrates the Triumphs of the 1955 Crispus Attucks High School Basketball Team

On Feb. 17, Indianapolis Public Schools, Deborah Asante & Artists, GANGANG, and the National Crispus Attucks Alumni Association will host a special production of “A Touch of Glory,” a powerful play unveiling the remarkable journey of the 1955 all-Black Crispus Attucks High School boy’s basketball team. 

“A Touch of Glory,” scheduled during Black History Month and the NBA All-Star Weekend in downtown Indianapolis, promises a captivating narrative that transcends time, illustrating the inspiring story of Oscar Robertson and his teammates. This historic victory marked the first time an all-Black team won a state championship in any sport in the country. 

Playwright Laura Town, who dedicated six years to crafting this stage production, conducted extensive research, including interviews with key figures from that era. The result is a play that authentically captures the spirit and significance of the 1955 Crispus Attucks High School basketball team.

“This production not only honors the legacy of Crispus Attucks but also aligns with IPS’s commitment to inspiring and empowering students through meaningful narratives,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Aleesia Johnson. “The play is a testament to the importance of storytelling in education and the broader community, fostering a deeper understanding of our shared history and the potential for positive change.”

The Feb. 17th performance of “A Touch of Glory” serves as the vibrant centerpiece of a day dedicated to celebrating Crispus Attucks alumni and their families, said Terrance Asante-Doyle, project manager for Deborah Asante & Artists, which is presenting the performance with its partner GANGANG. 

“Through this powerful play, we aim to illuminate the profound significance of Crispus Attucks within the fabric of the Indianapolis community,” said Asante-Doyle. “Following the performance, the stage will transform into a platform for a meaningful community conversation, fostering dialogue and connections that echo the lasting impact of this historic institution.”

‘A Touch of Glory’ & Community Conversation

Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; 1 to 2 p.m. (welcome and introductions); 2 to 3:30 p.m. (“A Touch of Glory” production); 3:30 to 4 p.m. (Community Conversation with Attucks alumni).

The event is free, but registration is required at https://bit.ly/touchofglory.