This panel discussion, "What’s My Name, Fool? Black Athletes, Activism, and the Media," will feature Jimmy King, retired professional basketball player and member of the University of Michigan’s famous 'Fab Five;" professors Sarah Jackson and Louis Moore; and ESPN journalist and professor Kevin Blackistone. Oberlin Professor of English Yago Colás will moderate the discussion.
Black athletes (most notably currently unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick) and their allies in other sports have carried out protests against racism and racialized police violence at athletic events, particularly during the playing of the national anthem.
However, much of this media attention and public debate of this phenomenon remains uninformed by an understanding of the history of activism by black athletes (and other black celebrities) or of the complex underpinnings of sports media that might frame such activism in limited or limiting ways.
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The event is part of Sankofa: Go Back and Get It, this year's theme for Black History Month that honors the contributions and accomplishments of black Americans.