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Davis Discusses History of Inequity in Athletics

Davis Discusses History of Inequity in Athletics

Dr. Amira Rose Davis

Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor of History and African American Studies, recently participated in a panel discussion and penned a Washington Post editorial on the subject of inequity in athletics. The panel discussion, organized by WBUR's Only a Game, was livestreamed on YouTube August 12. Dr. Davis joined Derrick Z. Jackson, Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and writer Russell Dinkins to discuss how athletics, particularly at the collegiate level, have been shaped historically by the structural inequities in society. In the August 11 issue of the Washington Post, she wrote an editorial on the efforts of NCAA football players to form a college football players association that would give them a voice in how major college football is governed. She traced these efforts to a long history of Black athletes using collective action in athletics to effect social change.