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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 2:45pm - 3:05pm
The Black Athlete And Social Issues: Just Shut Up And Dribble

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This presentation will review the social issues of the Black athlete the past fifty years, the civil rights issues of African-Americans and the role of the African-American athlete have been closely associated with one another. From prominent athletes such as Jim Brown have used the platform of sports to bring awareness to the conditions of African-Americans, while current athletes like Colin Kaepernick face an uncertain professional future for leading the protest of not standing during the national anthem in 2016. The purpose of the research being conducted is to identify the issues of the Black athlete, and the breakdown in how these issues are interpreted by consumers who attend and watch sporting events daily in the United States. While the focus of this research will be in reviewing past social issues and the reactions of Black athletes, there is also the issues of the 2017 football season, and President Donald Trump personally condemning the NFL for allowing players to protest. By comparing various social issues involving the Black athlete we will also examine how said issues correlate with the opinions and reactions of consumers.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 2:45pm - 3:05pm
012 Karpen Hall