From the Black Book Talk Vault: Dr. Thabiti Lewis, Ballers of the New School : race and sports in America

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Thu, 05/07/2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Ballers of the New School
Rebroadcast of December, 2011 interview with Dr. Thabiti Lewis, author of Ballers of the New School : race and sports in America

 Ballers of the New School is one of the first and best books to come along that effectively explains contemporary athletes and the public response to them. It challenges the well-worn narrative of sport as America's most significant site of racial progress by scrutinizing the true role of sport in mobilizing and shaping definitions, social relations, and public life. American sport culture performs and propagates rituals, symbols, and expressions of fear and difference that sustain racism, and notions of racial supremacy and block bridges to racial progress.

     Dr. Lewis was the guest speaker at the opening of "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience." This travelling exhibit, presented by Multnomah County Library, told the story of black baseball players over the past century and a half. The exhibition also looked at the origins of the sport and the history of baseball and race relations in Oregon.

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