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Davis Speaks on Anti-Racist Activism in the Sports World

Davis Speaks on Anti-Racist Activism in the Sports World

Dr. Amira Rose Davis

Dr. Amira Rose Davis, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies, recently took part in an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education and appeared on WBUR's Only a Game to speak about anti-racist activism in the sports world. She spoke with The Chronicle's Emma Pettit about black collegiate athlete's calls for inclusion and equality on their campuses. These  calls have come as part of the nationwide response to the recent police killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and other African American citizens. Davis notes that anti-racist activism on college campuses by black college student athletes dates back to the 1960s when colleges began to integrate their campuses and athletics programs. Black athletes consistently have fought for inclusion and to eradicate a broad array of racist practices at colleges and universities across the country. Davis also participated in a roundtable discussion on WBUR's Only a Game podcast with Dr. Kenneth Shropshire, CEO of the Global Sports Institute and Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University, and Kevin Blackistone, Washington Post columnist and Professor of Journalism at the University of Maryland. The panelists discussed the impact of nationwide protests of police violence against African American citizens and whether these protests might lead to meaningful change in the world of sports.