The Black Liberation Movement: Sports & Justice

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This program aired on Tue, Apr 27, 2021
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Black activism in sports has a long and powerful history from Muhammed Ali losing his heavyweight title after refusing to comply with the Vietnam War draft on ethical grounds, to athletes taking a knee and using their collective power to effect change.

How has America been shaped by Black sports activists? How has sports activism changed over time—in Minnesota and nationally?

Dr. Yohuru Williams, Founding Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, explores these questions with panelist Tony Sanneh, retired professional soccer player and founder of the Tony Sanneh Foundation, and historian Dr. Terry Scott, whose expertise includes the intersection of sports and race.


Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor, University of St. Thomas

Dr. Yohuru Williams is the Distinguished University Chair and Professor of History and the founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Williams has appeared on a number of local and national radio and tv programs on ABC, CNN, CSPAN, and NPR and is the author of, most recently, Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement. He also hosts the History Channel’s Web show Sound Smart.


Dr. Terry Anne Scott, director of African American Studies, Hood College

Dr. Terry Anne Scott is an author and associate professor of American history and Director of African American Studies at Hood College in Maryland. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her research, teaching, and community outreach and is heavily involved in community service and social activism.

Tony Sanneh, president and CEO of The Sanneh Foundation

Tony Sanneh is the president and CEO of The Sanneh Foundation which serves the holistic youth development needs of the increasingly diverse Twin Cities metro area. Tony created the foundation in 2003 at the height of his career as a Major League Soccer player to leverage what he saw as soccer’s unique potential to create positive social change for young people.