Sports, Black Power, and the Student Athlete: From 1968 to #BlackLivesMatter
Featuring 1968 Olympic Medalist who raised the Black Power salute, Dr. John Carlos
When Black football players at the University of Missouri refused to practice or play until campus #BlackLivesMatter protestors' demands were met, sports and politics splashed onto the front pages and newsfeeds across the country. It wasn't the first collision of sports and politics. In 1968, Olympic medalist Dr. John Carlos raised the Black Power salute on the podium to highlight US racism on a global stage, sparking a controversy that shaped his life and career.
At a time when college athletics are a multibillion dollar business and the students who are fans and players are participating in social justice struggles, lessons from the past are more crucial than ever.
Come hear 1968 Olympic medalist and social-justice activist Dr. John Carlos in conversation with faculty, student athletes, and Dave Zirin, Nation sports editor, a frequent ESPN and MSNBC commentator and co-author of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moments That Changed the World (Zirin will be at March 28 event only)
Rutgers All-Campus Tour:
New Brunswick Campus (feat. Nation sports editor, Dave Zirin, introduced by Prof. Deepa Kumar):
Monday, March 28th at 5pm, Livingston Club Room, 85 Avenue E, Piscataway: The Livingston Club Room is on the second floor of the Livingston Dining Commons, the building behind the Livingston Student Center.
Newark Campus (in conversation with AAUP-AFT president Prof. David Hughes)
Tuesday, March 29th at 5:30pm Boyden Hall Rm. 100, 195 University Ave
Camden Campus (in conversation with Chancellor Phoebe Haddon and Prof. Stephen Danley):
Wednesday, March 30th at 5pm, in the Multipurpose Room of the Camden Campus Center, 326 Penn St.
Rutgers AAUP-AFT Faculty Union; African American and Africana Studies Dept, Newark; Black Lives Matter Rutgers; Black Men's Collective; Livingston Campus Dean; Undergrad Academic Affairs; Office of the Chancellor, Camden; Office of the Chancellor, Newark; People's Organization for Progress