INDIVIZIBLE Speakers Series Welcomes Dr. Harry Edwards, May 19, 2014
Speakers Series Welcomes Dr. Harry Edwards
Monday, May 19, 2014 The Guild Theater 6:00pm-7:30pm 2828 35th Street, Sacramento CA 95817
About Dr. Harry Edwards
Edwards is a highly sought-after speaker and advisor, who is a staff consultant with the San Francisco 49ers, having retired from UC, Berkeley in 2000.
Born in St. Louis, the trajectory of Edwards’ life changed when he became part of the first generation of black students to desegregate East St. Louis Senior High School after the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, ending “separate-but-equal” racial accommodations of public facilities.
Moving to California in the 1960s to pursue an athletic career, Edwards went on to become a self-styled “scholar-activist,” revolutionizing academic and public discourse on the substance of sport and society.
According to journalist Robert Lipsyte, “No other single figure in sports has done as much to make the country aware that the problems of the larger culture are recapitulated in sports, that the arena is no sanctuary from drugs, racism and corruption.”
Author of “Sociology of Sport” and “Revolt of the Black Athlete,” among other publications, Edwards counsels students and professional athletes alike to pursue “disciplined analysis, understanding, and application at the pitch of passion.”
Edwards was the architect of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, which begot the black power salute by sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Edwards has consulted with the NFL, NBA and MLB on issues associated with minority representation among athletes, coaches, front office executive and ownership.
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