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Our favorite moments from African-American Athletes Who Made History

Lecture 2, Chapter 2 - That Golden Smile: Black Prizefighters
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Lecture 6, Chapter 6: Black Athletes in the Civil Rights Movement
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Lecture 9, Chapter 9: It’s Gotta Be the Shoes: Free Agency and Endorsements
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  • Lecture 2, Chapter 2 - That Golden Smile: Black Prizefighters
  • Black prizefighters
  • Lecture 6, Chapter 6: Black Athletes in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Intersection of sports and Civil Rights
  • Lecture 9, Chapter 9: It’s Gotta Be the Shoes: Free Agency and Endorsements
  • Athletes and endorsements

About the Professor

Louis Moore is an Associate Professor of History at Grand Valley State University. He teaches African American History, Civil Rights, Sports History, and US History. His research and writing examine the interconnections between race and sports. He is the author of two recently published books, I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915 and We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality. He has also written for a number of online outlets, including The Shadow League, New York Daily News, Vox, and Vocativ, and has appeared on news outlets, including NPR, MSNBC, and BBC Sports.

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Volume 2

They need to add more because of this new things going on during the pandemic and all of the change that the death of George Foyld is about to bring. I want to hear more about our reality, you guys do an excellent job. It’s beyond my expectations. Thanks for opening my eyes on the reality and the gradual change.

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Characterization of Present Tarnishes Past

I am ignorant when it comes to the histories presented in these lectures. I like sports and American history, so I enjoyed learning about how black people fought racism and were able to succeed in professional sports.

However, once he got to more recent history that I am familiar with, specifically the killings of Martin and Brown, the way he portrayed their deaths makes me question validity of the previous lectures. Suggesting that there is truth to “hands up, don’t shoot”, that the rioting following the “failure” to indite was justified, and that Martin was killed for wearing a hoodie are all dishonest to say the least, and it makes me wonder what other truths he his twisting.

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Beware of bias

Informative but with heavy bias. I have always loved following exceptional athletes, regardless of race, gender, or creed. The title of this book does not warn the reader of it’s deep bias. Keep an open-mind when listening. This book has more to do with social justice and racism than discussing the exceptional merits of athletes.

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Interesting History of Black Athletes

This book contains a series of lectures about African American athletes, starting after the Civil War and continuing up to 2019. It is a history of struggles against unfair rules that kept black competitors out of contests, limited their participation or allowed them to play but denied their rights in general society. Professor Moore's narration leaves a lot to be desired but he is telling a story that he researched and wrote. The most surprising thing to me was that some sports, like NFL football, were originally integrated but then imposed a "gentlemen's agreement" to exclude non-whites for decades. It is an interesting presentation, an important if regrettable part of American history, well worth the reader's time.

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Worth it!

Overall, it's great and I'm so happy that these kinds of books are available. Everyone should listen to this in my opinion.

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Waste of time.

Did not enjoy this audiobook, now I know why it was free.
Poorly spoken, seems to stray from the topic to push a popular political subject. Does not have a much for statistics to reinforce author's story.

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Political Not Historical

This is a historical account told completely from the side of the activists in all circumstances. It approaches every historical incident with the mindset that if someone protests they must be right. I gave 3 stars for the story simply because there is ample evidence to justify civil rights movements of the 20th century. But to assume that all social activists athletes today are justified in their claims of oppression is foolhardy. Where is the evidence that the black athlete of the 21st century is being treated less than equal. If you believe there is systematic racism in particular industries or organizations in America then point that out, but don’t assume that every white person in America is racist. I have sports heroes that happen to be black and even happened to be activists for social causes, men like Jackie Robinson, Bill Russel, and evening women like Jackie Joyner Kersee. But I also happen to believe that the work they did off the playing field was just as effective as their prominence in competition. To act as if nothing has changed and as if every white person in America is just as racist now as was popular to be in 1950 is just propagating a lie and playing politics.

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An excellent history for troubled times

This is an excellent course and overview of African-American American athletes, and the struggles faced and still present in American society. I think this is a great course to share with young listeners, Who may have never heard of Ali, Bill Russell or Althea Gibson, among others.

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Thorough

For a short piece this is very thorough covering a variety of important historical figures in the context of institutional racism. I appreciate this offering!

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nice historical

I learned a lot about issues that
have faced our athletes. The narrator 's lisp is annoying and made it a difficult audible to listen to, but the subject is important so I felt obligated to listen.

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