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David Lattin

Professional athlete and entrepreneur, David Lattin was born on December 23, 1943 in Houston Texas. His mother, Elsie Lattin, was widowed when Lattin’s father died in 1949. Lattin attended elementary and secondary schools in Houston before graduating from Evan E. Worthing Senior High School in 1963. Lattin was named All-State and All-American both his junior and senior years and was the first Texas player to be named to a High School All-American team.

Lattin left Tennessee State in 1964 citing the lack of basketball competition. He returned to Houston and played the AAAU before receiving a full scholarship to attend Texas Western College in 1965 where he played with the Miners, a Division 1 team in the NCAA. Under the leadership of Coach Don Haskins, the Miners won the 1966 Division 1 NCAA National Championship with five black starting players. Lattin was named All-American during the 1966 and 1967 seasons.

In 1967, Lattin left Texas Western College after he was drafted as the number one pick by the NBA’s San Francisco Warriors. He went on to play with the Phoenix Suns, the Pittsburgh Condors, and the Memphis Tams, ending his professional career with the Harlem Globe Trotters from 1973 to 1976. Returning to school, Lattin earned his B.S. degree in business administration and started several successful business ventures including Your Maison Housing.

Lattin was inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. That year, he also wrote Slam Dunk to Glory.

Lattin has a son Clifton, a daughter Leslie, and several grandchildren.

David Lattin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 11, 2010.

Accession Number

A2010.016

Sex

Male

Interview Date

5/11/2010

Last Name

Lattin

Maker Category
Marital Status

Divorced

Middle Name

L.

Schools

Blackshear Elementary School

William E. Miller Junior High School

Evan E. Worthing Senior High School

University of Texas at El Paso

Tennessee State University

Search Occupation Category
First Name

David

Birth City, State, Country

Houston

HM ID

LAT04

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Mexico, Hawaii

Favorite Quote

The Judge.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Texas

Birth Date

12/23/1943

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Houston

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Fish

Short Description

Corporate foundation executive and basketball player David Lattin (1943 - ) was part of the historic Texas Western College team that was the first to start an all-black lineup at the NCAA championship. He went on to play for professional teams like the Phoenix Suns and the Harlem Globetrotters.

Employment

Golden State Warriors

Phoenix Suns

Memphis Tams

Harlem Globetrotters International

Republic National Distributing Company

Favorite Color

Red

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of David Lattin's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - David Lattin lists his favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - David Lattin describes his mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - David Lattin describes his father's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - David Lattin describes his earliest childhood memory

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - David Lattin recalls his childhood activities

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - David Lattin remembers his community in Houston, Texas

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - David Lattin recalls his involvement with the Boy Scouts and YMCA

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - David Lattin describes his experiences at Blackshear Elementary School in Houston, Texas

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - David Lattin describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - David Lattin describes his junior high school experiences

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - David Lattin describes his early success as a basketball player

Tape: 1 Story: 13 - David Lattin remembers his first basketball

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - David Lattin remembers learning to swim

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - David Lattin describes his college scholarship offers

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - David Lattin remembers his mentor, Lloyd C.A. Wells

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - David Lattin describes his senior year at Evan E. Worthing High School in Houston, Texas

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - David Lattin recalls his experiences at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - David Lattin describes his first impressions of the Texas Western College of the University of Texas

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - David Lattin describes the basketball team at Texas Western College of the University of Texas

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - David Lattin remembers Coach Don Haskins

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - David Lattin talks about his transition to college basketball

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - David Lattin recalls the first game in the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - David Lattin talks about the NCAA final game against the University of Kentucky

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - David Lattin remembers Coach Adolph Rupp

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - David Lattin describes the final game of the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - David Lattin recalls his preparation for the NCAA finals

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - David Lattin talks about slam dunking

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - David Lattin recalls winning the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - David Lattin describes the aftermath of his victory at the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - David Lattin recalls being drafted by the Golden State Warriors

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - David Lattin describes his professional basketball career

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - David Lattin talks about his children and business career

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - David Lattin shares his opinion on student athletes' compensation

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - David Lattin describes his mentorship efforts

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - David Lattin reflects upon his legacy and message to future generations

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David Lattin describes his early success as a basketball player
David Lattin describes the final game of the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament
Transcript
Now you, you said very quickly about how, how you built up your stamina, stamina to be able to, to play the following year during that summer that you grew. Can you tell me again, you, you said you rode your bike to--$$Rice Stadium [Houston, Texas].$$Rice Stadium, okay--$$Right.$$--and what did you do?$$Ran seventeen hundred stairs a day in the sun at about two o'clock in the afternoon. I knew nothing about nutrition. I don't know why I didn't pass out (laughter).$$Okay, so you, you were ready once you got to the new school?$$Yeah, because it was--and actually even though I was running the stairs I was playing basketball as well, so I was getting my skills together and I was getting stronger and then I found out I could jump and then the rest is history.$$Okay, so now, what high school do you go to?$$I went to Worthing [Evan E. Worthing High School, Houston, Texas], Attucks [Crispus Attucks Junior High School; Crispus Attucks Middle School, Houston, Texas] first and then--Attucks was Worthing and then they built another, a bigger high school, senior high school and that was Worthing, so I left Attucks and went to Worthing.$$And tell my about the experience there?$$At Worthing?$$Um-hm.$$It was a good experience for me because in the eleventh grade, when I got to the eleventh grade then I was high school All-American and I was the first high school All-American from the State of Texas in basketball at that level and so things started to really happen for me after that because the day that I was All-American, yeah, I got to tell you this story. They was announcing that I was All-American, the principal announced on the PA system that, you know, "We have an All-American in our school in basketball and it's Big D [HistoryMaker David Lattin]" and all that stuff you know, so everybody was--had a great time with that and so I got home that afternoon and somebody had called my mom [Elsie Boyd Davis] and gave her this pitch about I was the high school All-American, so I had my feet propped up on the coffee table and she walked in the door, she said--I'll never forget this, this is funny, she said, "Okay, Mr. High School All, All-American, it's okay that you are high school All-American, but get your foot off my coffee table." I said, "Yes ma'am, yes ma'am, yes ma'am." (Laughter), "You still can't put your foot on my coffee table."$$Your mother, was she very supportive? Did she come to your games?$$My mother never saw me play but once when I was playing for the Globetrotters [Harlem Globetrotters]. If I told my mother that--she couldn't tell you what a rebound was. She knew nothing about the game, didn't really care. All she cared about was that I was having fun and I was happy, so she knew nothing about the game at all.$$Did your grades get better?$$My grades did improve. There was a teacher by the name of Ms. Douglas [ph.] in high school and she was an English teacher and she was quite serious about making good grades, about everybody making good grades, so she would stay back and make sure that all the athletes, not just me, but other athletes as well, if they weren't studying like they were suppose to then she would make sure that, that they got their homework together before they left school. And actually she would stay until after basketball practice was over and we would go down in her room and she would, she would work with everybody, make sure that everybody got their grades together; because it was very stressful going to school, being an athlete and then having to--and the last thing you felt like doing was studying after practice, so you know, it's very difficult. The athletes have to, have to, they have to compete in the classroom the same, just like everybody else, there's no excuse.$$Were there rules in place that said that athletes had to have a certain average?$$No, there was, there were no rules in place that they had to, but everyone was aware that they, that that's this was what they needed to do. I mean, the guy--the kids were not like the kids are now, you know, you could talk to us, you know. If somebody said something that made sense, I mean, most, most of us would listen, so, it's nothing like it is now.$With all the publicity about you and, and your team, to keep you from not being so cocky you said that the, the coach [Don Haskins] would make you work a little harder, but did you begin to see that it wasn't this tournament [1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament] and the players--it wasn't just about you and basketball, but that there was a bigger picture?$$Oh absolutely and of course, in the beginning we were just playing basketball, but you know, later in life, you know, the next year for instance--right after the game no reporters came to our locker room to talk to us. Nobody brought--put mics in front of our face to, to get an interview or anything. And so you know never--we didn't think about it that much, you know, we just were anxious to get back to El Paso [Texas] where everybody--we had a lot of love there, in El Paso. It's just that the newspaper guys were stunned, you know, they didn't know what to write after the game because, you know, they thought it was going to be a walk over. They didn't know what to say, you know, this team with five African American players on, on the court beat all white Kentucky [University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky]--it was impossible, can't happen. They really did not know what to say or what to write. They were just, they were just stunned and, and no one after the game mentioned anything about five African American players had defeated all the white boys at Kentucky, nobody talked about that, not until next year when it really, when it really hit home and Sports Illustrated wrote articles and started writing and stuff about all of the, the African American players that had beat all white Kentucky, that's when it really, really, really hit home. No one said anything in the beginning because it took a while to catch on to what had happened.$$This, this--well, walk me through when you got off the bus to play this, this game, I mean, this, this changes history for the N- NCAA [National Collegiate Athletic Association]? Describe for me that game.$$You know, getting off the bus, first of all, we're living in a hotel where the Duke team [Duke University, Durham, North Carolina] and all its supporters stayed in the same hotel as we did. We didn't have hardly anybody there, just Bobby Joe Hill's brother and sister and a few others from Detroit [Michigan]. And they had "Go Duke" all over the place, I mean, I mean we couldn't hardly even walk out of the door, everything was Duke, Duke, Duke, Duke, Duke, Duke, Duke, not, nothing for Texas Western [Texas Western College of the University of Texas; University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas]. We didn't have not one little sign, not anything. So the bus driver, I told the story about the bus driver, the bus driver in my book ['Slam Dunk to Glory,' David Lattin], where I was the last one to get off the bus, you know, I'm always the last one to get off the bus. I would get--I was getting--I was disembarking and the bus driver said to me, "Why are you playing this game? Why are you wasting your time? You cannot beat Kentucky. You cannot beat them. They've got a white coach and that's Adolph Rupp. You, you African American guys think you can beat Kentucky? You're out of your mind, are you crazy? Why don't you just get back on the bus and let me take you back to the hotel and just forget about this game." (Laughter) So anyway, I didn't say anything, I just looked at the guy, you know, and proceeded on to the, to the game. I saw him after the game; he didn't say anything he just kind of looked straight ahead.$$So how it--because you said that everything, there was no signs and you had very few supporters there. What was it like walking out onto the court?$$Wow, you know, with the Confederate flags flying all over the place and you know, all the signs you know, just, you know, some of the things that I can't tell you that were said (laughter), "We got them by the toe now, they can't get away, it's all over." (Laughter) But it was, it wasn't intimidating for me. I never felt for one second that we were going to lose. I was hoping, I was hoping that I could stay in the game, you know, because, because the referees can control the game because they can just call fouls at random and control the game if they need to. This was a final game with every, every, with everyone looking, so I guess they called, called it as close to being right as they could. I had four fouls anyway, but that's as close as it could be.$$So you felt that the refs were more or less true to form?$$I thought as, as well as they could be. I, I, I mean there were fouls--the first foul against Pat Riley was not a foul, you know, and if you look at the tape over and over, and over, Pat--I talked to Pat about it--he said, "No man, it was a foul," you know, but still again I had to live with that. So I had to be very careful that I would--couldn't, couldn't foul out of the game. I had to be very, very careful. There were things I just couldn't do, I mean the coach had complained about the--about me, and the game and, and I talk about that in the book a little bit. The night before some of the games the coaches complained that they couldn't let me get away with some of the things I was doing, you know and I wasn't really doing anything, but just working harder under the basket doing what I do, you know, and that's about it, but--

Ingrid Saunders Jones

Global Coca-Cola Foundation Chairman Ingrid Saunders Jones was born on December 27, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan to Georgia Ann Lyles Saunders and Homer Leon Saunders. She attended Therkell Elementary School and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1964. Jones studied at Michigan State University and graduated with her B.S. degree in education in 1969. She went on to earn her M.A. degree in education from Eastern Michigan University in 1973. Jones completed her student teaching at Therkell Elementary in her old neighborhood and taught in the Detroit Public Schools until 1974.

Moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 1974, Jones served as executive director of the Child Care Coordinating Council from 1974 to 1977. She was a special assistant to the Atlanta City Council from 1977 to 1978, and from 1978 to 1979, Jones served as a legislative analyst. She was named executive assistant to Atlanta’s first African American mayor, Maynard Jackson in 1979 and served until 1982. Joining The Coca-Cola Company in 1982, Jones was appointed vice president of Urban and Governmental Affairs in 1987. Since 1991, Jones has served as chair of the Global Coca-Cola Foundation, which is committed to education and educational outreach programs. As foundation chair, Jones oversees the granting of over $200 million annually. The foundation funds programs in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Jones serves on the boards of numerous worthy organizations including the Woodruff Art Center; the Apollo Theatre Foundation; Clark Atlanta University; the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Girls Incorporated; the Ohio State University’s President’s Council on Women; and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 9, 2005.

Accession Number

A2005.261

Sex

Female

Interview Date

12/9/2005

Last Name

Jones

Maker Category
Middle Name

Saunders

Organizations
Schools

Northwestern High School

Thirkell Elementary School

Michigan State University

Clark Atlanta University

Eastern Michigan University

First Name

Ingrid

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

JON14

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Home

Favorite Quote

History Is A Clock That People Use To Tell Their Time Of Day. It Tells Them Who They Are And What They Are. It Helps Them Find Themselves On The Map Of Human Geography

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Georgia

Birth Date

12/27/1945

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Atlanta

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Hot Dogs, Coca-Cola

Short Description

Corporate foundation executive Ingrid Saunders Jones (1945 - ) is the Senior Vice President of the Coca-Cola Company, and Chairperson for the Coca-Cola Foundation. Jones has been an effective corporate and civic leader in the Atlanta region as well as globally.

Employment

Coca-Cola Company

City of Atlanta

Thirkell Elementary School

Favorite Color

Red

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ingrid Saunders Jones's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ingrid Saunders Jones lists her favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her mother's family

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ingrid Saunders Jones explains how her mother's family protected themselves from segregation

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her parents' educational background

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes her father's experience growing up in Knoxville, Tennessee

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her parents' jobs and living in the Sojourner Truth Housing Projects d in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ingrid Saunders Jones explains her birth order in her family

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ingrid Saunders Jones recalls her earliest childhood memory

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes her experience at Thirkell Elementary school in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ingrid Saunders Jones explains how she resembles her parents

Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ingrid Saunders Jones recalls activities she enjoyed as a child

Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes her experience at Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her parents' involvement with community organizations

Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes her interests during her time at Northwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan

Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Ingrid Saunders Jones explains how she decided to attend Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ingrid Saunders Jones describes how her mentor helped her succeed at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her awareness of the Civil Rights Movement through her church and at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about the Shrine of the Black Madonna

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ingrid Saunders Jones recalls her campus activities at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ingrid Saunders Jones recalls an experience with discrimination at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ingrid Saunders Jones remembers the death of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ingrid Saunders Jones talks about her graduate school and early teaching career

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Ingrid Saunders Jones explains how she resembles her parents
Ingrid Saunders Jones describes how her mentor helped her succeed at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
Transcript
Who do you think you take the most after, your mother [Georgia Ann Lyles Saunders] or your father [Homer Leon Saunders]?$$I truthfully think I'm a balance between the two of them. My mother is one of the sweetest persons that I know, you know. And I know that everybody says that but it's true. My father was one of the most exacting people I've ever met and I can be sweet and I am very exacting in my work. And I was encouraged to be exacting and very demanding personally of myself in terms of success.$So now I'm going to finish the story about Mrs. [Eula] Cutt [ph.] because I got to Michigan State University [East Lansing, Michigan] and the English class that every freshman takes is American Thought and Language. And so the professor on our first day and I was the only black person in the class said--called out maybe the names of ten books. Who's read this book? I raised my hand. Who's read this book? I raised my--well the first time a lot of people raised their hand. Second time, fewer people, third time--by the time they got to the tenth book which was Theodore Dreiser's 'An American Tragedy,' I was the only person that raised my hand. So he was of course taken aback, almost visibly and said, asked me to stand up and tell the plot of the story. And I did, I told the plot of the story. And afterwards, he came and he asked me if I had gone to Cranbrook [Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan] or--I mean he didn't even ask me, where did you go to school? He said, where are you from? And I said I'm from Detroit, Michigan. He said, did you go to Cranbrook?$$Which is a private (unclear) school.$$A private school. And I said no, I went to Northwestern High School [Detroit, Michigan]. He said I don't know the school. I said it's a public school. And he was, he couldn't believe that I had read all those books. I want to take that story back to that one woman, Mrs. Cutt who was exacting as an English teacher who made us read over the summer and who watched over us in ways that encouraged us.$$Okay, all right. So one good teacher makes a difference?$$Yeah. I always knew I was going to college. I mean there was no struggle with that. My grandmother graduated from Paine College in 1910.$$Which Paine?$$Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.$$Okay.$$Right. So you know that puts me at third generation and it was a given. And sometimes when things are given you don't focus on them as hard. And Mrs. Cutt helped me focus on that.