Boise State University (Boise Junior College) Integrated college football in 1945 when A.E. “Buck” Buckner joined the Broncos. In the early 70’s Boise State activety began recruiting Black athletes. A decision benefitting the school, the student-athletes, and the city of Biose.
AURELIUS BUCKNER (DECEASED)
Sport: Football, Men’s Basketball, & Baseball years Played: 1945-46
Boise Junior College’s 1st Black Football,Basketball, & Baseball Player.
THOSE WHO HELPED MAKES US GREAT
- Worked for 20 years at a local Ford dealership and later covered the intermountain region as a bus driver.
- Member of the first Idaho Commission on Human Rights formed in 1968.Served two terms as the first Black member of the commission.
- Dorothy, his wife and also a Boise native, was instrumental in passing the state’s first civil rights law in 1961 and is a memeber of the Treasure Valley NAACP Hall of Fame.
- His Daughter, Cherie Bucckner-Webb, became Ldaho’s first Black elected state Legislator.
- Prominently displayed at the Idaho Black History Museum, located in Julia Davis Park, just north of the Boise State University.
James “JJ” Jackson