When 11 High School Students who played football together at South Side High School in Memphis enter the world of Fisk University, an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the early 1970s, the impact is profound for these excellent scholars and sportsmen, both for their lives in college and pros, and the other students and players around them. Led by John Jones, they went undefeated with a 9-0 record in 1973. Only two HBCU teams went undefeated in 1973 and both of these teams were products of Nashville, TN (Fisk and Tennessee State University). TSU was led by outstanding contemporary Joe Gilliam, aka “Jefferson Street.” Mr. Jones went on to quarterback for the Jets, and Mr. Gilliam went on to quarterback for the Pittsburg Steelers.
When filmmaker and Fisk Memphis Club President George W. Tillman, Jr. was thinking of a way to honor Fisk University at its 150th Anniversary, the achievements of its graduates and help new college students, he decided on a new way he could present some of his existing footage about the Championship 1973 and 1975 seasons with inspiration to a new generation, while honoring what came before. Mr. George Tillman played alongside the South Side High School Lucky Eleven at Fisk University in the 1975 College Football Season.
SAVE THESE DATES!
Friday, October 20th – Evening The Lucky Eleven Documentary screens with Filmmaker Q&A in its Educational Debut at the Former Southside High School,
Memphis, TN location in Shelby County.
1500 Seat Theater and Special
Presentations Related to Education and Fisk Graduates.
Saturday October 21st, The
Lucky Eleven will be honored at the Stone Awards
Friday, November 10th in Nashville TN and evening Screening location TBA.
Friday December 1st 2017, Atlanta Screening.