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Sports and the Racial Divide, Volume II - A Legacy of African American Athletic Activism

Sports and the Racial Divide, Volume II

A Legacy of African American Athletic Activism

Edited by Michael E. Lomax & Billy Hawkins
Hardcover : 9781496848536, 180 pages, January 2024
Paperback : 9781496848543, 180 pages, January 2024

Table of contents

Prologue: The Paradox of Race and Sport
Michael E. Lomax
1. “No Colored Athletes Allowed”: The Historically Black College Challenge to the NCAA
Kurt Kemper
2. Revisiting the Revolt: Harry Edwards and the Revolt of the Black Athlete
Michael E. Lomax
3. The Activist Athlete: Contextualizing the Collision of Politics and Sports in the Twenty-First Century
Amy Bass
4. The Decompartmentalization of the Political Voice: The Conversion of Athletic Capital and Political Capital
Billy Hawkins
5. Doomed: Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Claim against the NFL
Sarah K. Fields
6. Black Women Athletes, Protest, and Politics: An Interview with Amira Rose Davis
Ashley Farmer
7. For the Movement and Not for the Moment: Harry Edwards’s Persistence, from the Revolt of the Black Athlete to Black Lives Matter
Billy Hawkins
David K. Wiggins
About the Contributors

New perspectives on the ways Black athletes wield their sports platform to address inequalities


Contributions by Amy Bass, Ashley Farmer, Sarah K. Fields, Billy Hawkins, Kurt Edward Kemper, Michael E. Lomax, and David K. Wiggins

In Sports and the Racial Divide, Volume II: A Legacy of African American Athletic Activism, Michael E. Lomax and Billy Hawkins draw together essays that examine evolving attitudes about race, sports, and athletic activism in the US. A follow-up to Lomax’s Sports and the Racial Divide: African American and Latino Experience in an Era of Change, this second anthology links post–World War II African American protest movements to a range of contemporary social justice interventions.

Athlete activists have joined the ongoing pursuit for Black liberation and self-determination in a number of ways. Contributors examine some of these efforts, including the fight for HBCUs to enter the NCAA basketball tournament; Harry Edwards and the boycott of the 1968 Olympic Games; and US sporting culture in the post-9/11 era. Essays also detail topics like the protest efforts of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick; the link between the Black Power movement and the current Black Lives Matter movement; and the activism of athletes like Lebron James and Naomi Osaka. Collectively, these essays reveal a historical narrative in which African Americans have transformed the currency of athletic achievement into impactful political capital.


"Sports and the Racial Divide, Volume II provides a rich sociohistorical account of the role sports and athletes play in contemporary political activism."

- John N. Singer, associate professor of sport management in the School of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University