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Saturday, July 7 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Athletes in Revolt: Black Lives Matter in Sports Today

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All through the sports world, athletes are in revolt against not only their own mistreatment as players, but also the injustices in society at large. The NFL recently decided to fine teams whose players don’t stand for the national anthem. The move is a reaction by the league’s billionaire owners to predominantly Black NFL players who, in response to the rampant police brutality and murder brought to light by the Black Lives Matter movement, are taking a knee and refusing to stand. The owners are in fact only making the issue more incendiary every time they try to stomp their foot on the flames of anger. As Dawuane “D.J.” Smoot, a defensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars said, “You can’t change my opinion, and can’t stop my protest.” Demetrius Noble, an activist, scholar and nationally renowned spoken word artist will examine the meaning and wider implications of the athletes’ revolt.

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Saturday July 7, 2018 9:30am - 11:00am
Burnham A/B