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From the the late 1950s through the 1960s, the university members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) became leaders in the struggle to integrate collegiate athletics in the South. This article chronicles the evolution of the racial composition of Southern college sports teams from the Jim Crow days of the 1890s-1950s and the total exclusion of African-American athletes, through a period when segregated Southern teams would play integrated teams from Northern colleges, to the period when Southern schools, under the leadership of the ACC and often under pressure from civil rights groups, integrated their teams.