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2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
Thursday, November 1 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Strange Fruit: Sportswomen & Activism

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In 1939, Billie Holiday first performed “Strange Fruit,” a musical cry on the lynching of Black bodies and racial injustice in the southern United States. Holiday often used her platform to illuminate social injustices. Similarly, sportswomen like Althea Gibson, Wilma Rudolph, and Wyomia Tyus, influenced and supported by rhythm and blues singers like Holiday, used their platforms to raise awareness of injustice and inequality. Contemporarily, sportswomen of color often collaborate with musicians to illuminate social injustices; however, their efforts are either overlooked, silenced, or disproportionally amplified with negative consequences. For example, the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Minnesota Lynx who protested the shooting of Blacks and supported Black Lives Matter, efforts were deemed disruptive to the game which nearly resulted in association fines until fans exclaimed in outrage. Papers in this session will explore the experiential benefits and challenges; triumphs and failures; and bridges and barriers in illuminating social justice issues as Sportswomen of Color.

Speakers
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Rachel Allison

"A Rich White Kid Sport?" Hometown Socioeconomic, Racial, and Geographic Composition Among U.S. Women's Professional Soccer Players, Mississippi State University
While research suggests that material, geographic, and cultural changes to U.S. youth soccer since the 1970's have made opportunities for elite participation disproportionately available to white, middle-class women from white and affluent suburbs, little empirical evidence has documented... Read More →
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Wendy Baker

Johnson &Wales University/Community College of Rhode Island
College Sport and its Activists:  Women Athletes’ Awareness and ActivismThe “athlete-activist” is the context for our research. We will present the second stage of our research on awareness and activism among women college athletes. We explore to what extent women college athletes... Read More →
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Celina Banks

Prairie View A&M University
PosterBlack female college athletes and culturally relevant approaches of well-beingThe purpose of this poster presentation is to illuminate how culture affects Black female college athletes’ (BFCA) experiences of well-being. In 2014, the National Collegiate Athletic Association... Read More →
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Angela Branch-Vital

Department Head, Prairie View A&M University
The Importance of Culture: Understanding Black Female College Athletes’ Health and Well-BeingThe purpose of this conceptual paper is to illuminate how culture affects Black female college athletes’ (BFCA) experiences of well-being. In 2014, the National Collegiate Athletic Association... Read More →
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Akilah Carter-Francique

President Elect, Prairie View A&M University
The Importance of Culture: Understanding Black Female College Athletes’ Health and Well-BeingThe purpose of this conceptual paper is to illuminate how culture affects Black female college athletes’ (BFCA) experiences of well-being. In 2014, the National Collegiate Athletic Association... Read More →
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Judith McDonnell

College Sport and its Activists: Women Athletes’ Engagement and Activism, Professor of Sociology Bryant University
The “athlete-activist” is the context for our research. We will present the third stage of our research on engagement and activism among women college athletes. We explore to what extent women college athletes think of themselves as athlete-activists, and act with political agency... Read More →

Moderators
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Akilah Carter-Francique

President Elect, Prairie View A&M University
The Importance of Culture: Understanding Black Female College Athletes’ Health and Well-BeingThe purpose of this conceptual paper is to illuminate how culture affects Black female college athletes’ (BFCA) experiences of well-being. In 2014, the National Collegiate Athletic Association... Read More →


Thursday November 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT
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