And even though he retired from coaching two decades ago, he is still dashing around the world as Nike’s director of international basketball.
Raveling technically lives in Los Angeles, where he last coached, at USC, but it appears he goes there only to unpack. Raveling needs three storage units for all the items he has collected.
There is, however, one souvenir so special that he stores it separately, at a secure location.
It is too -important -- to him, to his race and to his country.
Raveling acquired his most prized possession on Aug.
28, 1963, while standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. At 15 he won an oratory contest for his high school with an address titled “The Negro and the Constitution.” He skipped his senior year of high school after passing an entrance exam to Morehouse College.
Perhaps you recall what occurred on that date at that place: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the demonstration that culminated in a defining moment for the civil rights movement. To understand how Raveling ended up next to the speaker, and why he refuses to cash in on his priceless memento, you have to rummage through his collection, run your finger along the road map and piece together the parallel lives of two men, one a preacher, the other a coach. When he was 21, he was elected student body president at Crozer Theological Seminary in Upland, Pa., and at 25 he became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.
Pictures, trophies, articles, books, programs, letters, documents, records, cassette tapes, tchotchkes -- George Raveling kept them all.
He’s glad he did too, because he’s 77 now and his memory is lousy.His massive collection serves as a road map of sorts, documenting the twists and turns of Raveling’s remarkable, unpredictable life.He was a trailblazer, a member of the first wave of African-American basketball coaches at predominantly white universities.Raveling didn’t decide to go to the march until two days before, yet he emerged from that trip with the three pieces of paper that lay on the podium while the final speaker delivered one of the most important addresses in U. Theirs is a story of history and happenstance, linked by a surreal moment that sprang from a dream. 15, 1929, but after he traveled to Europe five years later, he decided to change their names to Martin Luther, after the German Protestant reformer. was the pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. King was raised to trust his instincts at the pulpit.***** The preacher’s father gave him his name, and then his calling. The only thing that matched his eloquence was his confidence.He learned early what the older preachers meant when they said, “Open your mouth and God will speak for you.” ***** The coach hardly knew his father.