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Wednesday, April 9 • 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Sports: Leveling the Playing Field

Presented by the McGarr Symposium on Sports and Society

Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Bill Russell look back at their efforts to use their platforms in football and basketball, respectively, to raise awareness for civil rights

Introduction: Michael Cramer, Director, The Texas Program in Sports and Media at The University of Texas


Moderators
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Harry Edwards

Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Harry Edwards was born in St. Louis but grew up in East Saint Louis, Illinois. After an outstanding athletic career at East St. Louis High, he graduated in 1960 and was awarded an athletic scholarship to San Jose State University from which he graduated in 1964 with high honors.  He subsequently was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a University Fellowship to Cornell University where he completed a M.A. and a Ph. D. in sociology. ... Read More →

Speakers
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Jim Brown

Hall of Fame running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns
Jim Brown is known worldwide for his Hall of Fame football exploits and later gained notoriety as an actor. He became the first African American actor portrayed in a leading role in action films, starring in such notable films such as “Three the Hard Way,” “100 Rifles,” “Slaughter,” and “The Dirty Dozen.” He has also boldly stood up for civil rights, fighting for equality and against injustice with... Read More →
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Bill Russell

Hall of Fame center for the NBA Boston Celtics


Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:40pm - 2:40pm
LBJ Auditorium