Film to Share Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer C.R. Roberts, Who Fought Racism While Setting Records as USC Running Back

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A new documentary, “Breaking Down Barriers: The C.R. Roberts Story,” profiles the former USC running back, now 83, who withstood deep institutional racism — including being told he couldn’t travel with the time — to notch a record-setting career.

“We broke the law and got away with it,” Roberts said of playing in the Jim Crow South in a Los Angeles Times profile last year. “They had sharpshooters in the stands.”

Chip Yost reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Feb. 28, 2019.

C.R. Roberts is seen, left, in an image released by USC taken during his time on the football team in the late 50s, and at right in a portrait taken by Los Angeles Times photographer Gabriel S. Scarlett on July 26, 2018.
C.R. Roberts is seen, left, in an image released by USC taken during his time on the football team in the late 50s, and at right in a portrait taken by Los Angeles Times photographer Gabriel S. Scarlett on July 26, 2018.

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