469Thursday, March 15, 2007

2:45 PM-4:00 PMConvention Center:327
Research Consortium Scholar Lecture: African American Intercollegiate Athletic Experiences -- From Biographies, “Revolt of the Black Athlete,” “Stacking,” “Black Bottom Pyramids,” To “Critical Race Theory”: A Call For New Research Paradigms
The paths taken by African American athletes from slavery to prized performers on college campuses are laced with instances of racism, sexism, discrimination, and exploitation. Access to colleges/universities via athletics for African Americans during the past fifty years has been afforded to highly skilled men and women. “Yet, increased access does not insure a climate of social acceptance, and African American participants in college sports seem to come up on the short end of egalitarianism.” (Brooks & Althouse, 1996, p. 67). The civil rights movement of the 1950’s, advent of civil rights laws, and the athletic protest movement of the 1960’s motivated academic scholars to investigate apparent social injustices in college sport. The purposes of this presentation, delivered by Dr. Dana D. Brooks, Dean of the School of Physical Education at West Virginia University are (1) to identify “significant” scholars and scholarly publications, (2) to discuss social and historical events impacting the African American college experience, and (3) to discuss new research paradigms focusing on the sociology of physical activity and the African American athletic experiences. Looking towards the future, discussion of race and racism in college sports must move away from performance differences between black and white athletes. In a multicultural and global sports market, issues of race, racism, and social mobility take on new meaning.
Keyword(s): multiculturalism/cultural diversity, research, sport topics
Presider: Bradley J. Cardinal, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Speaker: Dana D. Brooks, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

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