I'm a research type guy so I went right to his own website and started reading his own words......
http://www.cookiegilchrist.net/ (click on the photo section and that will take you to all kinds of stuff)
by the way, his name being copyrighted?.....I was making that up either....Even typing out his name seems to have restrictions on it..
from his website;
[b]All Images and text on this website are the Property of Chester "Cookie" Gilchrist, no un-authorized use permitted. Any use must have written authorization of Mr. GilChrist.
"Cookie" Gilchrist(R)(TM), Chester "Cookie" Gilchrist(R)(TM), and "U" are "A" SUPER STAR! "2" (R)(TM) are all the sole property of Chester Gilchrist and his estate.© All information on this website the 2009 the sole property of Chester Gilchrist and his estate.
......After reading his website, it doesn't sound like he was suppressed because he was black to me.......he was given golden opportunities in the U.S....then went to Canada and the Tiger-Cats gave him more.......but he grumbled all the time at the American management in the Tiger-Cats about being mistreated because he was black..huh?.....the Tiger-cats in 1965 treated everyone equally.......way too much drama from this guy I'm afraid.....and then to refuse the HOF induction?.....C'mon!
Woody, the guy was a great player and had every opportunity to succeed and from all accounts was highly respected, treated good and had the world ahead of him..........but he became a drama queen and was unappreciative of everything it seems.....even in Canada where black athletes were given every opportunity going......I'd classify him as very high maintenance and just wore everybody down with his insinuations and complaining. I'm not at all impressed by the way he has handled himself......especially concerning the CFL.....but, that's just me
From his website:
He was also raised to become one of the greatest football players in western Pennsylvania high school history as a bruising, unstoppable fullback. His play attracted notice and led to his first major but life- altering mistake. As an 18-year-old, Gilchrist accepted $5,000 from Cleveland Browns' head coach Paul Brown, effectively turning him into a professional and leaving him ineligible for any of the 108 college scholarships that would be offered him."
He is the only athlete to turn down being enshrined into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum, because of what he described as racism and exploitation by management. Gilchrist frequently was at odds with team management, the American ones working for Canadian teams, he told a reporter from the London Free Press, saying that most of the problems he encountered were a result of his standing up for principles at a time when Black athletes were expected to remain silent.