Akilah Carter-Francique said she never pictured moving to Silicon Valley as a step in her career trajectory, but when she saw the job posting for the executive director of the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change at San Jose State University she had to apply.
San Jose State University’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change and the San Francisco 49ers cohosted Words to Action: LGBTQ+ Activism in Sport May 29, at Levi’s Stadium 501 Club. During the event, Interim Provost Joan Ficke offered welcome remarks, followed by Harry Edwards, ’64 Sociology, ’16 Honorary Doctorate, who founded the Olympic Project for Human Rights at SJSU in the 1960s.
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Harry Edwards, '64 Sociology, '16 Honorary Doctorate, sat down with Michelle Martin on the PBS program Amanpour & Co. to discuss the many links between sport and social justice.
"Victory Salute," the Smith/Carlos sculpture and SJSU's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library makes us proud of our legacy and reminds us of King's support of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. Today, we take a moment to reflect on this day’s significance.
Olympians, athletes, scholars and journalists discussed how the history of athlete activism will influence future waves of social justice at San Jose State's Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change Words to Action: Landmarks and Legacy of Athlete Activism town hall.
Smith and Carlos were SJSU track and field team members when they were selected to compete in the 1968 Olympics, held in Mexico City.
50th Anniversary of the Defining Moment in Sports Social Activism: The Voices of 1968 Head to San Jose State University for Historic Town Hall
SJSU alumni Tommie Smith and John Carlos, fellow 1968 U.S. Olympic Team members, sports sociologist and SJSU alumnus Dr. Harry Edwards, and additional athletes, scholars and activists will serve as panelists at “Words to Action: Landmarks and Legacy of Athlete Activism.”
“I am both deeply moved and inspired by NIKE’s promotion of the words and image of Colin Kaepernick as part of its 2018 marketing campaign."
The institute has established a network of strategic partnerships with other select institutes to collaborate and further study the current wave of athlete activism.
A research team was invited to Los Angeles to participate in the Sports and the Role Societal Issues Play event in coordination with the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards and Beyond Sport.