Oberlin College and Conservatory

What's My Name, Fool? Black Athletes, Activism, and the Media

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:30pm

Nancy Schrom Dye Lecture Hall, Science Center
119 Woodland Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

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.

Event Type

Signature Programs, Black History Month, Lectures/Symposia/Workshops

Departments

Academic, Africana Studies, Administrative, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, English

Cost

Free

Group
Abusua
Contact Person

Candice Raynor

Contact Phone Number

440-775-8479

Contact E-mail Address

craynor@oberlin.edu

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Jan Cooper

Jan Cooper left a positive review 3/1/2018

This was a fabulous panel and great discussion after everyone made their presentations. I learned a lot.