NFL to Host Workshop to Train College Athletes to Be Social Justice Activists

By Craig Bannister | December 11, 2017 | 5:16pm EST
NFL to teach college players how to be social activists. (Screenshot)

As its players continue to protest the National Anthem, the National Football League (NFL) announced it will host an “Advocacy in Sport Workshop” at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, to educate athletes on how to “develop and implement effective advocacy platforms that positively impact society.”

In conjunction with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and Morehouse, the February 21-23, 2018 workshop will teach student athletes how to turn sports into “a powerful platform for advocacy,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent said, announcing the workshop:

“Sport has been an international venue for social change since before Jesse Owens swept the 1936 Olympics and opened the world’s eyes to the image of justice and equality.

“This historic workshop is aimed at training the next generation of athletes who wish to use sport as a powerful platform for advocacy. Our partnership is designed to equip athletes as influencers and community leaders with the mechanics to develop their advocacy platform.”

The workshop’s curriculum was created by social activists, academics, professional athletes, and sport administrators in order to “equip athletes with tools and resources to impact social issues respectfully and responsibly.”

“At RISE, we believe that harnessing the unifying power of sports and empowering athletes to be effective advocates can improve race relations and drive social progress in our country,” RISE CEO Jocelyn Benson said.

Students selected to participate in the workshop will also take a winter term course called “Psychology, Sport and Social Justice,” to be taught by Dr. David Wall Rice, Associate Professor of Psychology.

Anti-Trump advocacy by other Morehouse professors made national news earlier this year.

Adjunct Professor David Dennis, Jr., declared that New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady’s support of President Donald Trump is a greater threat to the country than the NFL player protests of the National Anthem.

In a column published by The Huffington Post, Prof. Dennis wrote:

“Brady’s Trump endorsement, however, has been largely ignored when, in fact, supporting Donald Trump as President of The United States is far more threatening to America than taking a knee during the National Anthem.”

Later, in a piece for The New York Daily News, Prof. Dennis accused Trump, and the nation, of fostering racism:

“Trump and his presidency are certainly symptomatic of the systemic racism plaguing this country.”

In January, Morehouse College Professor (and CNN commentator) Marc Lamont Hill resorted to racial slurs against Blacks who met with Pres. Trump to discuss diversity. On an episode of “CNN Tonight,” Prof. Hunt called members of Trump’s diversity team “Mediocre negroes,” The Hill reported:

“CNN's Marc Lamont Hill referred to Trump diversity team member Bruce LeVell as a part of a group of ‘mediocre Negroes’ who met with the president-elect.

“The characterization, which includes Pastor Darryl Scott and television host and comedian Steve Harvey, came during a panel discussion with host Don Lemon on ‘CNN Tonight’ on Monday.”

“It was a bunch of mediocre Negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op for Donald Trump’s exploitative campaign against black people. And you are an example of that,” Hill told LeVell.


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