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Friday, July 3 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sports and Black Lives Matter

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In a matter unprecedented since the 1970s, resistance politics was a near daily part of the sports world last fall. Following the killings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner, athletes from NFL players to NBA Superstars like Lebron James took the court with the slogans of the movement. But that's just the official history. Hear from former NBA player Craig Hodges, sportswriter Dave Zirin, and Ariyana Smith, the first athlete to bring a #BlackLivesMatter protest to the court while playing basketball for Knox College, about how this movement came to be and where it is going. 

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Craig Hodges

When the Chicago Bulls visited the White House after winning the 1992 NBA Championship, Hodges dressed in a dashiki and delivered a hand-written letter addressed to then President George H. W. Bush, expressing his discontent at the administration's treatment of the poor and minorities. Hodges also criticised his Bulls teammate Michael Jordan for not using his fame to draw attention to social and political issues, and said Jordan was "bailing... Read More →
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Ariyana Smith

Ariyana Smith is a former student-athlete at Knox College (Ill.) majoring in Integrated International Studies with a focus on the African diaspora. Ariyana’s #BlackLivesMatter protest in Clayton, Missouri was the first "on field" action in the movement and helped to revitalize the conversation around the importance of activism in the realm of sports. She currently serves as the co-president of Allies for Sexual Assault... Read More →
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Dave Zirin

The sports editor for the Nation. Zirin was named the 2015 NY Press excellence in sportswriting award and is the author of eight books about the politics of sports. He is a radio host on Pacifica and Sirius/XM. His latest is Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy.

Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Burnham A/B/C