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Sidelined: How American Sports Challenged the Black Freedom Struggle

Simon Henderson


This book challenges the popular perception that sport has provided an arena in which African-Americans have been able to advance the aims of the civil rights struggle by excelling as athletes. Instead, it is argued, the specific dynamics created by the intersection of sporting ideals and racial change in the late 1960s provided great difficulties for athletes who attempted to use their position to advance the black freedom struggle. The Black Athletic Revolt, most famously expressed by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics, crossed the divide of the racial politics of the era. ... More

Keywords: Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Black freedom struggle, Olympics, Black athletic revolt, 1968, Athletic revolt

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813141541
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813141541.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Henderson, author