Civil rights leader among inductees to Iredell Sports Hall of Fame


Pictured above: 2018 inductees into the Iredell County Sports Hall of Fame.  Harold Johnson (third in from right) is standing next to William Summers (fourth in from right).  – Picture courtesy of Kim Wasson


He said his wife listened to Harold Johnson more than she did him.

Those are the words of William Summers who received the Harold Johnson Community Partner Award at this week’s induction ceremony for the Iredell County Sports Hall of Fame. His granddaughter Kim Wasson says coaching Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in the 1960s and 1970s, he had to be a civil rights leader.

(AUDIO CLIP: Kim Wasson) “Stepped out on faith and just did some things that probably weren’t that popular at the time.”

Summers is considered an integral part of desegregating baseball in Iredell County.

(AUDIO CLIP: Kim Wasson) “Several of the guys came from a long way away just to say thank you.”

Other coaches and athletes were also inducted including Gair Allie, David R. Cash Sr., Wm. Johnny Davidson, Herman Horne, Herbert Julian Robinson, Forrest Thompson, Sandra Torrence and Tyrone Westmoreland.

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