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Saturday, October 13 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
Not Just a Game: Sports and Social Change

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Join us for what is sure to be a fascinating and timely discussion of the outsize role athletes can have in effecting social change. Former NBA player and activist Etan Thomas interviewed dozens of athletes, media personalities, and family members of young blacks killed by police for We Matter, “an important read, executed uniquely,” according to Library Journal.  Amy Bass, in One Goal, tells the uplifting story of a high school soccer team that overcame racism in a Maine town whose residents now include many Somali refugees. Wil Haygood’s Tigerland is an inspirational tale of how two high school teams from a segregated, poor school in Ohio won state championships in the racially charged atmosphere of the late ’60s. Finally, Howard Bryant’s The Heritage takes a nuanced approach to athlete-activists, showing how the activist tradition of Jackie Robertson, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, and others was undermined by apolitical, corporate-friendly athletes like O.J. Simpson, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods and is now being revived by the likes of LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick. Moderated by the legendary Bill Littlefield, who hosted WBUR’s Only a Game from 1993 to 2018.

Moderators
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Bill Littlefield

Bill Littlefield was for twenty-five years the host of Only a Game, a weekly sports show on WBUR and NPR. Littlefield hosted Only a Game from 1993 to 2018, but was on the air with WBUR and NPR beginning in 1984. In addition to his lengthy radio career, Littlefield is the author of... Read More →

Presenters
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Amy Bass

Amy Bass is a scholar, writer, and professor whose writing and research has focused on the intersection of African American culture, race, and sports in America. Her first book, Not the Triumph But the Struggle: 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete (2002), took the Black... Read More →
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Howard Bryant

Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN magazine, and he regularly appears on ESPN TV programming, including SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. He is the sports correspondent for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. He is the author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron... Read More →
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Wil Haygood

Wil Haygood has had a remarkable career. He had a decades-long career in journalism, working for the Boston Globe as a foreign and national correspondent and being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work. He joined the staff of the Washington Post in 2002. In 2008, he published... Read More →
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Etan Thomas

Etan Thomas is a former NBA basketball player whose career has turned to writing and advocacy. He played in the NBA for nine seasons, from 2000 to 2011, playing for the Dallas Mavericks, the Washington Wizards, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Atlanta Hawks. In 2005, he published... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA