Modern Sport and the African American Experience is a collection of essays from some of America’s most brilliant and vibrant sport sociologists and race scholars. This text highlights more of the experiences of African Americans in modern sport than any of its kind. Among its diverse topics, this book examines predictions about African American sports performance and participation in the 21st century, discusses the role of sport in African American culture, and gives a candid look at the experiences of African American athletes attending America’s predominantly white colleges and universities. It also discusses the experiences of African American women in these environments, a largely ignored topic.
A book of this type would not be complete without also examining racism, discrimination, and the conflict black athletes and coaches encounter with the white establishment. This volume is a representation of Dr. Gary Sailes’ well-known, much-respected scholarship and work as a consultant in American commercial sports.