The Never-Ending Fight: Racism in Sports
with Dr. David Bruce & Dr. Julie Tatlock
Jack Johnson may not be a name familiar to many nowadays, but before Muhammad Ali or George Foreman, there was “The Galveston Giant”. As a world-class heavyweight boxer, businessman and social justice advocate during the height of the Jim Crow era.
Johnson’s rise to fame was not without challenges, especially during a time in our nation’s history where race was at the center of most controversies. Join Dr. David Bruce and Dr. Julie Tatlock as they share more about Johnson’s history, his reputation and reach in a deeply rooted racist South, and how racial inequities he faced as a professional athlete, are still occurring in today’s culture.
Dr. Julie Tatlock, associate professor of history and department chair at Mount Mary University, will lead the discussion, featuring fellow historian, Dr. David Bruce, associate professor of history and department chair at UW-Parkside. Dr. Bruce will provide insights in to the tainted history of racism in sports, through the lens of a revered Black athlete, allowing the audience the opportunity to examine to challenges still faced by athletes of all levels today.
Thursday, February 16
12 –1 p.m.
$5 per person / FREE for current MMU Students
Registration will close Tuesday, February 14.
This event is open to the public; MMU community members are encouraged to share with their networks.
Questions? Please contact the Office of Alumnae Relations via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (414) 930-3025.