Eureka College Arts and Lecture Series to Host Presentation on Black Activism in Sports

Jan 30 2019

EUREKA — The Eureka College Arts and Lectures Board 2019 event series will continue on Thursday, Feb. 7 with a presentation on the history of black activism in sports by Dr. Louis Moore at 6 p.m. in Becker Auditorium of the Donald B. Cerf Center.

The presentation, which is titled “From ‘Shut Up and Play’ to the Activist Athlete: A Brief History of Black Activism in Sports,” is free for Eureka College students, faculty and staff, and the event is open to the community.

Moore is an Associate Professor of History at Grand Valley State University who teaches African American History, American History, Civil Rights, Sports History and US History. His research and writing examines the intersection of race and sports.

He is the author of I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915 and We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete and the Quest for Equality, and he has written for a number of online outlets, including The Shadow League, Vox and Vocativ. He’s also appeared on such news outlets as NPR, MSNBC and BBC Sports.

Since the Miami Heat players were photographed wearing hoodies in solidarity with slain teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, there has been a substantial uptick in activism by black athletes, sparking protests over police brutality and racial injustices in nearly every sport and at every level.

But, Moore explains, there is a long history of activism among black athletes that dates back to the prizefighters who shattered the myth of black inferiority at the beginning of the 20th century, and includes iconic sports figures like Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, John Carlos and Tommie Smith and Colin Kaepernick.

The Arts and Lectures Board at Eureka College is a student-driven committee that works to bring nationally known educational and cultural events to campus through diverse programming that strives to further support the mission of Eureka College in the areas of learning, service, and leadership. The Board is comprised of students and is advised by a faculty member and staff member from the Office of Student Life.

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