Race & The NFL: A Conversation with Michael Bennett

Mon, Mar 11, 2019, 7:00 pm
Public / Open To All
Princeton University Department of Athletics

Race & The NFL


For this particular Sports, Race and Society Lecture, we will be featuring a conversation with NFL Player and Activist, Michael Bennett. This discussion, moderated by Eddie Glaude, will explore the influence and relationship of the NFL to community issues around race and the black experience.

American athletes and black athletes, in particular, have a storied history of utilizing their platform for the purpose of political expression. A new academic and current affairs forum at Princeton University, The Sports, Race and Society Lecture made possible by the Stephen C. Mills ’81 Fund, will explore the implications and possibilities of uniting sport with the American experiment, the obligation that executives in the governance of sport ought to fulfill to athletes and communities, and the impact of athletes as citizens and influential community members. The Department for African American Studies at Princeton University along with the Princeton University Department of Athletics are committed, with the support of the Mills Fund, to continuing this forum for years to come, as a newly endowed lecture series at the University.

Michael Bennett is a three-time Pro Bowler, Pro Bowl MVP, Super Bowl Champion, and two-time NFC Champion. He has gained international recognition for his public support for the Black Lives Matter Movement, women’s rights, and other social justice causes. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans by The Root, was the Seattle Seahawks nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and was honored along with his brother Martellus with a BET Shine a Light award for exceptional service.

He is the co-founder with Pele Bennett of The Bennett Foundation, which educates underserved children and communities through free, accessible programming. He has held free camps and health clinics in Seattle, in his hometown of Houston, in his current offseason home, Honolulu, and in South Dakota on the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

He donates all of his endorsement money and the proceeds from his jersey sales to fund health and education projects for poor and underserved youth and minority communities, and recently expanded his reach globally to support STEM programming in Africa.

He is the proud father of three daughters, Peyton, Blake, and Ollie.


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