March 8: Athlete protests not new, says speaker

PULLMAN, Wash. – Activism by contemporary athletes and its effects on the public will be discussed by Thabiti Lewis, associate professor of English at Washington State University Vancouver, at 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Cleveland Hall 255 at WSU Pullman.

Lewis will argue that contemporary athlete protests – such as the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem to protest mistreatment of African Americans – are not new. Rather, earlier examples have shown that sports can raise spirits and consciousness around issues of human rights and inequity.

The presentation is part of a new series of monthly Sport Management Research Meetings in the College of Education. They feature faculty and student presentations of ongoing and completed research.