The Black Athlete in the Freedom Struggle
Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine and appears regularly on ESPN programming, including SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. He has been the sports correspondent for National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday since 2006. A two-time winner of the Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year from Spitball magazine, he is the author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball, Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, and the sports Legends series for middle-grade readers and picture book Sisters and Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams for younger readers. He was the guest editor of the 2017 edition of The Best American Sports Writing and is the author most recently of The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.
Bryant’s columns at ESPN The Magazine were nominated for the National Magazine Award for commentary in both 2016 and 2018. In 2011, he was awarded the Online News Association’s Best Commentary Award. In 2015, he was awarded the New York Press Club award for Best Commentary and in 2016 was awarded the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award for Commentary. A native of Boston, he has held previous posts at the Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Boston Herald, and the Washington Post.
Louis MooreGrand Valley State University
Louis Moore is Associate Professor of History at Grand Valley State University. He teaches courses in African American History, Sports History, and Gender History. He earned his PhD from the University of California, Davis in 2008. His books include I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915 and We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality.
Wyomia TyusOlympic Athlete
In 1968, Wyomia Tyus became the first person ever to win gold medals in the 100-meter sprint in two consecutive Olympic Games, a feat that would not be repeated for twenty years or exceeded for almost fifty. Her memoir, Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story chronicles her journey from her childhood as the daughter of a tenant dairy farmer through her Olympic triumphs to her post-competition struggles to make a way for herself and other female athletes.
Tigerbelle helps to fill the gap currently occupying Black women’s place in American history, providing insight not only on what it takes to be a champion but also on what it means to stake out an identity in an often hostile world. Tyus’s exciting and uplifting story offers inspiration to readers from all walks of life.
Dave ZirinSports Editor, The Nation
Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World”, Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for The Nation magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's 'Excellence in Sports Journalism' Award, Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States,” by Robert Lipsyte. Dave Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine and The Progressive.
Zirin's most recent book, written with Super Bowl Champion Michael Bennett, is Things that Make White People Uncomfortable (Haymarket Books, 2018). He is also the author of Jim Brown: Last Man Standing (Blue Rider Press, 2018), and the co-author of the NAACP Image Award nominated The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World (Haymarket Books, 2011). Zirin wrote A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play, as part of Howard Zinn’s People’s History Series for the New Press (2009). A People’s History of Sports forms the basis of a documentary co-written and narrated by Zirin called Not Just a Game: Power, Politics, and American Sports, produced by the Media Education Foundation. In addition to many other titles, he has written Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports (Haymarket Books, 2007), with a foreword by the immortal Chuck D. His first book was What's My Name Fool: Sports and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket Books, 2005).
Zirin has brought his blend of sports and politics to multiple television programs including NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, ESPN’s Outside the Lines, among numerous national radio programs from sports radio to National Public Radio’s Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, and All Things Considered. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Vibe Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Baltimore Sun, the Pittsburgh Courier, The Source, and numerous other publications.