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African Americans and Sports
A discussion on the role of sports for African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
# 143016 | 750 words | 0 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Sport (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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The paper argues that sports, as it is today, was an important part of the struggle for equality for African Americans in the 19th and early 20th century. The paper explains that rather than a distraction, it provided a diverse range of possible ways for African Americans to demonstrate their diversity and skills. The paper relates that in the debate between the philosophies of Washington and DuBois, sport provided opportunities to answer the challenges both ways.

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"Sports were definitely an effective tool that African Americans used to satisfy a desire for freedom, equality and humanity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. To call participation in sports a simple "distraction" is to ignore the role of sports in America and the diversity of interests found in African American culture both then and now. First, a community as large, diverse and rich as existed among Blacks in that time period must express itself in a wide range of ways. Having some athletes among a talented population of musicians, writers, and philosophers, does not diminish the accomplishments of those other fields,..."

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