ISSSSC Inaugural Town Hall

From Words to Action

On January 24, 2017, SJSU launched the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change with a special inaugural event focused on athlete activism. Take a look back at this historic day, learn about the athlete activists who led this event and get recaps of the thought-provoking discussions surrounding the ISSSSC's mission.

SJSU Alumni Featured at the Town Hall

We are exceptionally grateful to the following alumni who attended our inaugural town hall: Harry Edwards, ’64 Social Science, ’16 Honorary Doctorate, Tommie Smith, '69 Social Science, '05 Honorary Doctorate and Marc Spears, '95 journalism. Since attending SJSU, each has crafted their own unique legacies. Edwards is a professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights and author of The Revolt of the Black Athlete. Smith went on to become an Olympic track and field gold medalist, where he participated in an iconic protest for human rights. He also coached track and field at Oberlin College where he was also a professor. Spears, having written for multiple sports publications around the country, is now a senior writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated, chair of the National Association of Black Journalists Sports Task Force. Keep scrolling to learn about the other legends we had at this event.

Speakers and Panelists

Jocelyn Benson

Benson is the CEO of RISE, director of the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School, Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Inductee and Author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

This legendary athlete is the six-time NBA champion and the league’s all-time leading scorer. He is also a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and author of Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White.

Jim Brown

Brown was the running back for the Cleveland Browns from 1957-1965, and is a Pro Football Hall of Famer. He also helped create the Black Economic Union in the 1960s and was the founder of the Amer-I-Can Foundation.

Anquan Boldin

Boldin was the wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, as well as the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2016 and the NFL Man of the Year in 2015. He is also the founder of the Anquan Boldin Foundation, also known as Q81.

Danielle Slaton

Slaton is a sideline reporter for the San José Earthquakes and a former soccer analyst for Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network. She also played for the Women’s United Soccer Association and the U.S. Women’s National Team, and is an Olympic silver medalist and FIFA Women's cup bronze medalist.

Kevin Merida

Merida is the ESPN senior vice president and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated, and an award-winning journalist. He is also the first African-American to hold a managing editor position at The Washington Post, editor of Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril.

Ann Killion

Killion is a New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and co-author of Solo: A Memoir of Hope and Throw Like a Girl.

Takeo Spikes

Spikes is a former NFL All-Pro linebacker and currently an analyst at NBC’s Pro Football Talk. He is also the author of Behind the Mask.

Chris Webber

Webber is a five-time NBA All-Star, NBA analyst for Turner Sports, host of “Fearless or Insane with Chris Webber,” and founder of the Chris Webber Foundation.

News & Editorials

Locker Room Talk: Jim Brown Met with Trump Because "I'm Interesting in Helping My People"

As featured in The Undefeated on 1.26.17.

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 Athlete Activism All About Men, Apparently

Featured in SherryBrochert.com on 1.26.17.

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Pro Athletes Discuss Sports and Political Activism at SJSU

As featured in ABC News on 1.24.17.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown Help SJSU Announce Launch of New Institute

As featured in KRON4 on 1.26.17.

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San Jose State Forms Institute on Sport and Social Change

As featured in KQED on January 23, 2017.

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From Words to Action: Renowned Athletes Stimulate Social Discussion in San Jose

As featured in NBC Bay Area on 1.24.17.

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Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Join with San Jose Sate to Launch Social Activism Institute

As featured in The Undefeated on 1.26.17.

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