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'Sport Matters' Podcast: Revisiting 'In Black and White' 25 Years Later

Why this matters

Although progress has been made, we continue to circle the same issues of power and find that the pipeline for diverse sports leadership remains broken. Is it time we rethink the strategy and carve a new pathway forward? On this episode of the 'Sport Matters' podcast, Kenneth L. Shropshire, Scott N. Brooks and Ilhaam Groenewald discuss racial equity in sports leadership since the release of Ken's book, "In Black and White: Race and Sports in America," over a quarter century ago.

On a special episode of Sport Matters, host and CEO of Global Sport Institute Kenneth L. Shropshire is joined by Scott N. Brooks, Director of Research at Global Sport Institute as well as Ilhaam Groenewald, Chief Director of Maties Sports at Stellenbosch University, S. Africa to revisit Ken's book, In Black and White: Race and Sports in America, in honor of the book's 25th anniversary. The three discuss the similarities and differences of what racial equity and diversity in sports leadership looks like in South Africa versus the United States today, the lessons learned over the past 25 years, and Ken's thoughts on whether mandating change through the legal system is still the path forward for progress.

'Sport Matters' episodes arrive once per month to the Global Sport Matters podcast. From academia to media, Ken and Bill discuss the edges of sport, unpacking race and culture beyond the game.

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About the host:

Professor Kenneth L. Shropshire is CEO of the Global Sport Institute and the adidas Distinguished Professor of Global Sport at Arizona State University. He took on this current leadership role following a 30-year career as an endowed full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.