Proverb Jacobs (1935-2016), professional football player from 1958-1964 and Laney College Athletics Director, was born Proverb
Jacobs Jr. in Marksville, Louisiana, on May 25, 1935. The Proverb Jacobs Papers include newspaper clippings, souvenir programs,
correspondence, curriculum vitae, handwritten notes, pamphlets, photographs, ephemera, and assorted material documenting Jacob's
football and teaching career.
Proverb Jacobs (1935-2016) was born Proverb Jacobs Jr. in Marksville, Louisiana, on May 25, 1935. He was a year old when his
family relocated to West Oakland as part of the great migration leaving the American South in search of economic opportunity.
His father had been a “stump-barber” in Louisiana, so called for the practice of using stumps for barber chairs, and was the
first to break the color barrier at Moler Barber College. Jacobs attended Oakland Technical High School, where he became the
school’s football and track star in the early 1950s, earning all-city honors in both sports.
1 linear feet
(2 boxes + 2 oversized folders)
Permission to publish from the Proverb Jacobs Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.
No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.