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This policy point-counterpoint, authored by history Ph.D. candidates BJ Marach and J. Marcos Reynolds, frames black-athletic activism as a longstanding historical debate reaching back to the late 1800s. Both argue for the efficacy of such activism and ground their analysis in the “Revolt of the Black Athlete” of the late 1960s. From here they diverge. Marach contends that black athletes are under no obligation to protest racial injustice, while Reynolds concludes that their platform and position within the black community requires that they act.


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  • Alternative title
    • Policy Point—Counterpoint

  • Journal title
    • International Social Science Review

  • Volume
    • 93

  • Issue
    • 2

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Eric Allen Hall is associate professor of history at Northern Illinois University and author of Arthur Ashe: Tennis and Justice in the Civil Rights Era. Robert BJ Marach and J. Marcos Reynolds are Ph.D. candidates in history at Northern Illinois University.