Melvin Barkum, pictured here throwing the football, became the first black quarterback to start a game at Mississippi State. Barkum was also a Gulfport High School standout.
Melvin Barkum, pictured here throwing the football, became the first black quarterback to start a game at Mississippi State. Barkum was also a Gulfport High School standout. Mississippi State University
Melvin Barkum, pictured here throwing the football, became the first black quarterback to start a game at Mississippi State. Barkum was also a Gulfport High School standout. Mississippi State University

Gulfport’s Melvin Barkum paved the way for black players at Mississippi State

March 02, 2017 12:00 AM

UPDATED March 02, 2017 12:00 AM

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