A Durham Celebration for Coach Al Buehler

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Following Saturday's Duke-N.C. Central University football game, the two universities kept the Bull City celebration going for a showing of the documentary film "Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story," narrated and produced by NBA basketball player and Duke alumnus Grant Hill.

The film traces the life and career of Duke's famed track and field coach Al Buehler, who over the course of his career trained five Olympians. He also was a force for race relations in Durham. During the height of segregation, he formed a friendship with NCCU track coach LeRoy Walker Sr., and invited NCCU athletes to train on Duke's track.

The movie was shown twice in Durham's Carolina Theatre.  After the 5 p.m. screening, Frank Stasio, host of WUNC's "The State of Things," led a conversation with Buehler and Amy Unell, the film's producer/director; LeRoy T. Walker Jr., son of the late NCCU coach; and former Duke basketball player Jon Scheyer.  

Pictured below: Buehler and his wife, Delaina, pose for a photo with Unell, former Duke athletes Jeff Howser and Brett Chambers, LeRoy Walker Jr. and Scheyer. Photos by Megan Morr/Duke University Photography

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