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The Black Athlete- A Shameful Story

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by ramgrad08, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. ramgrad08

    ramgrad08 New Member

    Came across this link while reading an SI column about Sports selling black culture. It's from a ground-breaking five-part series SI started July 1, 1968. I've just started reading,but it seems like a really good and insightful read when anyone has the time to digest it.

  2. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    SI was writing about Barry Bonds in 1968?
  3. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I think the Miami Herald did a series in the 1980s. So if this interests you, you might want to search archives.
  4. Dave Kindred

    Dave Kindred Member

    Jack Olsen turned that 1968 series into a book, "The Black Athlete: A Shameful Story: The Myth of Integration in American Sport." A classic. Some readers may remember Olsen's reporting for one piece of the book that has been mostly ignored in stories about the famous 1966 Texas Western-Kentucky basketball game. That is, rather than finding a leader in racial integration, Olsen reported that Texas Western's athletic administration was itself racist.

    In 1967, by the way, Olsen did the first real biography of Muhammad Ali. Another classic.
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    I have the book somewhere in my cartons up in my attic. Definitely didn't paint Texas Western (the university itself) as a trailblazer of racial equality. Also had rather extensive chapters on Elvin Hayes and the 1968 Olympics.
  6. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

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