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Ex-Gopher football player scores big in encouraging black voters

Former University of Minnesota football player Ken Foxworth is in his final year as an officer of the Black Caucus of the Democratic National Committee. Foxworth, a defensive back with the Gophers from 1976 through 1981, said the big job of the caucus this year will be to get young, inner city kids out to vote.

“My father was always active in politics in Missouri,” Foxworth said, “but for a long time, I thought my vote really wouldn’t count so I wasn’t involved. But when I saw Jesse Jackson make such big inroads in the 1980s, I decided I could make a difference.”

So, for 20 years, Foxworth has been a DFL activist, especially in the inner city in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Foxworth is a baggage handler with Northwest Airlines and also works in the Minneapolis Public School system with special-needs kids. He’s been deputy chairman of the DNC’s black caucus for four years. — Doug Grow

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