Document Type


Publication Date

March 2019

Conference / Event Title

4th National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference: People of Color and the Future of Democracy


During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, race and sport were thickly intertwined. Athletes such as Arthur Ashe, Muhammad Ali, John Carlos, and Tommie Smith used their platforms as sports stars to challenge racial and economic injustice. In the decades that followed, that activist spirit largely receded, but over the past several years athlete activism has been on the rise. From Miami Heat players posting a group photo in hooded sweatshirts in protest of Trayvon Martin’s killing to St. Louis Rams’ players running onto the field with hands above their heads in protest of Michael Brown’s killing to Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness of racial inequity in the criminal justice system, athlete activism has sparked national attention and debate. This keynote conversation will feature sports industry professionals and sports scholars exploring the impact of race and racial discord in sport.