Political Activism and Expression in Today’s NBA

Can basketball serve as a conduit of change for and make an impact on issues of racial justice in today’s society?

The Steve Mills ’81 Sports, Race and Society Lecture is presented by Princeton African American Studies and the Princeton Department of Athletics.

 

Overview from the Princeton Alumni Weekly – 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told a Princeton audience that when a handful of the league’s stars wore “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts during warmups last year, following a Staten Island, N.Y., grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, he appreciated their effort to express their point of view.

Speaking about Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, the first player to wear the shirt, Silver said, “Credit to him — he knew exactly what he was doing. He knew how much more effective that would be than making a statement to a reporter after a game.” But Silver cautioned that too many political statements on the court would be “a disservice to the fans, who come to see a basketball game.”

Steve Mills ’81, general manager of the New York Knicks, and Craig Robinson ’83, an ESPN commentator and former college coach, joined Silver for the March 24 discussion of “Political Expression and Activism in Today’s NBA,” moderated by Professor Eddie Glaude *97.

More by this author

▶︎ What Was African American Marriage?
The Way Forward: Post Obama in the Trump Era
▶︎ 'Before Cornel West, After Cornel West'
▶︎ 'A Through Line for African American Studies'

More work like this

The Ignorance of Chicken
Cornel West, Slavoj Žižek
Michelle Alexander, Naomi Klein, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor in Conversation at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Michelle Alexander, Naomi Klein
Natasha Trethewey and Tracy K. Smith in Conversation
Tracy K. Smith, Natasha Trethewey
Marc Lamont Hill, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. and Imani Perry in Conversation
Princeton African American Studies

Upcoming Events

Book Release: 'Langston's Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem' by Wallace Best
Nov 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Remembering Langston Hughes: His Art, Life, and Legacy Fifty Years Later
Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017
The Princeton & Slavery Project Symposium
Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017
Titus Kaphar, Special Exhibit and Conversation
Nov 18, 2017
Making History Visible: Faculty Roundtable on Art and Visualizing the American Nation
Dec 1, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
p: (609) 258-4270 | f: (609) 258-3484

African American Studies for the 21st Century

© 2017 The Trustees of Princeton University
  1. 'The Formation of Religio-Racial Identity' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Judith Weisenfeld 47:32
  2. 'What Was African American Marriage?' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Tera Hunter 44:59
  3. 'Before Cornel West, After Cornel West' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Cornel West 52:46
  4. 'An Insistence on Not Being Discouraged' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chika Okeke-Agulu 55:19
  5. 'A Through Line for African American Studies' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Imani Perry 44:07
  6. 'Activism and Risk in the Face of Trump' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Asanni York, Destiny Crockett 43:02
  7. 'Langston Hughes, Religious Thinker' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Wallace Best 45:50
  8. 'Convergences and Dissonance' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor, Naomi Murakawa, & Imani Perry 60:08