WHS teacher is connected to the NFL through George Taliaferro


Dawn Knight, a graduate of Indiana University and an English teacher at Westfield High School will be hosting a book signing and discussion of her book, Taliafero-Breaking Barriers From the NFL Draft to the Ivory Tower at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 4 at the Carmel/Westfield store.

Ms. Knight, a recipient of FOREWORD Magazine’s Book Of the Year Award for Sports, was a student in Mr.Taliaferro’s class at Indiana University fifty years after he broke racial barriers there as a star on Indiana’s undefeated football team of 1945. Surprised that she had never heard of her professor’s story as the Jackie Robinson of the NFL, Knight resolved to tell this amazing story—and as NFL sports analyst Tony Dungy, wrote: “every African American in the NFL today owes a debt of gratitude to George…”

“We, at Barnes & Noble Carmel/Westfield, are excited during this Super Bowl Weekend and Black History Month, to have Dawn Knight, discuss her biography about the legendary Indiana University football player, NFL star and pathfinder, George Taliaferro and the challenges he faced as an athlete and citizen”, said Thomas E. McLean, Community Relations Manager.

The book signing will follow Ms. Knight’s discussion and a brief question and answer period.