From Muhammad Ali to the Williams sisters, the symbolic politics of black athletes have galvanized the black revolt for social justice. In this edition of our Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series, Johnny Smith examines the complicated blood brotherhood between Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Malcolm X, while explores the criminally neglected history of black women champions inJennifer Lansburylcuding Alice Coachman, Althea Gibson, Wilma Rudolph, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Most black athletes emerged from urban poverty to fight injustice. This conversation considers their stories.
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