Wed 9/13 @ 6-8PM
Today African-Americans make up 70% of NFL football players. Yet the slower rate at which they ascend to off-field positions such as coaching and management has stoked controversy, as has the tendency of teams to assign “thinking” positions such as center and quarterback to white players, with an overwhelming disparity that exists to this day. (In 2014, more than 80% of the players in those two positions were white).
As part of the programming around its current exhibit “Scrimmage,” the Canton Museum of Art is presenting a talk on race and football, presented by Dr. Leslie Heaphy, associate professor of history at Kent State University at Star. Sports history is one of her areas of expertise and she has published extensively about the baseball Negro Leagues. She’ll undoubtedly address some of these issues and why they came about. It’s free and open to the public.