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Charlie White Oral History Interview. May 18, 2011

Charlie White Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Dwaine Plaza and Natalia Fernández.

May 18, 2011

Location:  Salbasgeon Suites, Corvallis, Oregon.

Charlie White (b. 1938) was the first African American recruited to play basketball on scholarship at OSU, and only the second African American student-athlete in the history of the program. White transferred to OSU after a three-year stint in the military and two years at a California junior college. A dynamic guard/forward on the court, White captained the Beavers during his senior year, leading to the 1965-66 team to the Pacific-8 Conference championship and a first-round win over the University of Houston in the NCAA tournament. A member of the Oregon State Sports Hall of Fame, White was inducted into the Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor in 2011. His interview focuses primarily on his memories of campus and community life as a trailblazing African American student-athlete in the mid-1960s.