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The Game Changers: From Raised Fists to #TakeAKnee

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University of Houston Student Theater

4455 University Dr.

Houston, TX 77204

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September 1 marked the anniversary of the first time Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem. Since then, this gesture has dominated national conversations. While some exalt the #TakeAKnee movement and its participants’ focus on bringing awareness to racial oppression, others denounce it as out of place or blatantly disrespectful to our flag, nation, and military. Yet, despite the recent attention, this isn’t the first time social activism and sports have mixed and had explosive results. John Carlos’ and Tommie Smith’s clenched fists, thrust high in the air during the 1968 Olympics, was a visual show of support for global human rights. It drew similarly diverse reactions of outrage and support.

This conversation will feature game-changers: athletes who have incorporated activism into their personal brand and profession - including 1968 Olympian John Carlos and former Texans running back Arian Foster - and influential academics. Together, they will weigh in on social activism and how it intersects with sports, race, and media in today’s society.

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  • Dr. John Carlos: Former track and field athlete and professional football player who stood with his fist in the air on the winners’ podium at the 1968 Olympics in support of global human rights
  • Arian Foster: Former NFL All-Pro Running Back and all-time leading rusher of the Houston Texans
  • Ed Thomas: Former All-American New Orleans recruit, University of Houston graduate and professional football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bill
  • Dr. Gerald Horne: Moores Professor at the University of Houston’s Department of African American Studies
  • Len Cannon: Reporter and the 5-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchor at KHOU 11 News.

*Any additional panelists will be added once confirmed.

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This event will open with a moderated panel discussion. Afterwards, the moderator will open up the floor for audience questions.

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This discussion is jointly produced by the University of Houston's Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, Sports Administration Program in the Department of Health and Human Performance, and Department of African American Studies.




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