2015 Black New England Conference

Black New England Conference 2015

Put Me In, Coach: The Battle to Integrate New England Sports

October 30-31, 2015

University of New Hampshire – Huddleston Hall, Durham, New Hampshire
The 9th Annual Black New England Conference will be held at the University of New Hampshire on October 30-31, 2015. Sponsored by the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and Center for New England Culture, the theme for this year’s conference is “Put Me In, Coach: The Battle to Integrate New England Sports” an investigation of the significant roles People of Color have played and continue to play in New England Sports.

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Derrick Jackson, Boston Globe Columnist; Gregg Gonsalves, Chairman, Jackie Robinson Foundation; Professor John Hoberman, University of Texas at Austin; and special guest Hall of Fame Olympian Mel Pender

The monumental success of the Black athlete and other players of color in defiance of considerable odds is a remarkable phenomenon, but so too has been the cost of that success. In a quest for hoop dreams and Olympic glory, athletes of color have had to fight many battles on and off the fields, tracks, and courts. This conference will open dialogue around many of these battles and introduce some of our unsung sports heroes.

Presentations and discussion will focus on four main areas, including: College athletics and its ties to educational success and campus life; the shadow of race science and genetics over the careers of non-white athletes; controversial issues of racial disparities in team ownership and management versus team members; and traditions of legacy-building and mentoring amongst both established athletes of color and rising stars.

The Black New England Conference is a regularly occurring 2-day conference that gathers scholars, teachers, researchers, community members and members of local organizations, to share their work and insights on the Black experience past and present in New England. It is both an academic conference and a celebration of Black life and history in New England.

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For special inquiries please contact: Jerrianne Boggis, 603-318-5120.