Cal junior Ted Agu, who died after collapsing in a workout on Feb. 7. Photo: Cal Athletics

On Friday Feb. 7, Cal junior Ted Agu collapsed and died while training with the Cal football team.

UC Berkeley held a memorial for Agu on Feb. 12.

In an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside, Cecil Brown, a visiting professor in the Department of English at UC Berkeley, writes of the young man he briefly got to know, and the place of African American students at the university. Agu displayed leadership qualities as well as a wonderful personality, he says, but many of the small number of African American students and faculty at Cal have a hard time.

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