See a photo gallery from “The Power of Sport” on Feb. 2, 2017.

KU community continues conversation on business, race and sports

How do business, race and sports intersect?

Former KU student-athletes and Harry Edwards, sports sociologist and professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkley, explored that question during “The Power of Sport: A Conversation on Business, Race and Sports.”

The third annual event was presented by the School of Business, the Langston Hughes Center and Kansas Athletics on Feb. 2 in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

The evening featured a panel discussion with former WNBA All-Star Tamecka Dixon and Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills, who discussed their experiences as student-athletes at KU and in the world of sports after college. Shawn Alexander, associate professor and graduate director of African & African-American studies and director of the Langston Hughes Center, served as moderator.

Edwards delivered the keynote. He addressed how athletes, including those who participated in the black athlete boycott of the 1968 Olympics he advocated, have driven conversations about race in America throughout the nation’s history. Edwards also spoke about the opportunities today’s athletes have to create change, thanks to the power of social media.

Hundreds attended the event, and many joined the conversation during question-and-answer sessions with Edwards, Dixon and Mills as well as on social media:

“The Power of Sport” was co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the K Club, the KU Alumni Association and the KU departments of African & African-American Studies; Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences; Sociology; and Political Science.

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