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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SAN JOSE (KRON) — Sports legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Brown helped San Jose State University announce the opening of a new Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change this week. SJSU held a star-studded town hall meeting to celebrate the launch, featuring panel discussions by athletes and management from the NBA, NFL, NHL and the Olympics at the Hammer Theatre Center on campus. SJSU alumnus and record-setting discus thrower Harry Edwards co-founded the Olympic Project for Human Rights in 1967 with Tommie Smith and John Carlos. The two icons stars joined a group
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(KQED) When San Jose State University athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists at the 1968 Olympics Games, they made sports history and came to symbolize black power and protest in America. The two sprinters stand in a long line of SJSU sports pioneers, including Patty Sheehan, the first openly gay professional golfer, and Lee Evans, the track and field athlete who fought to exclude the apartheid state of Rhodesia from the 1972 Olympic Games. The University continues that legacy as it launches the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change. We discuss