Athletes, Activism and Jackie Robinson's Legacy

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Dickson Court - South - Schoenberg Quad

See below for additional information.


Free and open to the public. RSVP required. Click here to RSVP.  


(310) 825-4868


Additional Information

Jackie Robinson withstood racial slurs and violence to become the first African American to play major league baseball, opening the sport up to generations that followed. U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists for black power at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, returning to the U.S. to death threats and uncertainty. More recently, Abby Wambach kissed her wife after winning the 2015 World Cup -- symbolizing how far the U.S. has come in support of LGBT rights -- while Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling in protest of racial injustice and police brutality has landed him a Nike ad, but no job with the NFL. What drives an athlete to stand up to bigots, break barriers, or protest social injustices on the field or court? Why are sports a good platform for protest? What role does patriotism play? What sort of consequences have these athletes endured? What can we learn from them? In honor of what would be the 100th birthday of Jackie Robinson, join the following participants for a live discussion at UCLA: Chris Kluwe, former Minnesota Viking football player, LGBT rights activist, and Deadspin contributor Damion Thomas, sports curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture Pat Turner, undergraduate dean, and professor, African American Studies

Search by Date

← Prev Week | Next Week →

View: Today | This Week | This Month

Homelessness in L.A has surged 75% in six years. Learn More. 100 Years. Knowledge Solves. UCLA.