Athletes and Activism: Exploring Race, Sports, and Social Issues

February 12, 2021


Athletes and ActivismDuring this Close Up Conversations webinar, available on-demand, Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty, discusses race, activism, and social issues in the world of sports, with Curtis Harris, PhD History candidate and adjunct professor at American University.

Curtis M. Harris is a PhD History candidate and adjunct professor at American University. His research focuses on the struggle for rights in the United States. His soon-to-completed dissertation examines the efforts of professional basketball players in the mid-20th century to secure their civil and labor rights. Since 2012, Curtis has also managed ProHoopsHistory, his independent blog and newsletter focused on exploring the history and complexities of professional basketball in North America. Curtis’s academic research has been presented at the North American Society for Sports History; his popular work on basketball history has appeared at ESPN, Bleacher Report, Sporting News, and NPR; and his time as a public historian has included work and research at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Philadelphia 76ers.