Ahmaud Arbery’s case has sparked outrage in the sports community. An athlete himself, Ahmaud was out jogging during the day on February 23rd when two armed men, claiming he resembled a burglar, fatally shot him. Among those in the sports world to condemn the killing was LeBron James who took to social media stating, “We’re literally hunted every day…” Athletes from around the country have now added their names to a letter demanding that the US Attorney General investigate the death and police handling of Arbery’s case, which took over two months to see Gregory and Travis McMichael, the two main suspects, arrested. Is this a new moment in athlete activism?
On May 22, 2020 this episode of GSM Live's guests were Dr. Rashawn Ray (Sociologist at University of Maryland & Brookings Institute), Mirna Valerio (Marathon runner, Inclusion activist, and Author, “A Beautiful Work in Progress”), Dr. Lois Brown (Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University), and Dr. Louis Moore (Associate Professor of History (African American, Sport & Gender) at Grand Valley State University).
Hosted by: Dr. Scott Brooks, Director of Research at the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University.
About GSM Live
Global Sport Matters Live is a conversation series presented by Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University and Global Sport Matters. Diverse thought leaders and experts will come together virtually to give their perspective on the most relevant issues impacting sport. From their corner of the globe, a rotation of guests will discuss what they’re facing locally, take questions and ideas from a virtual audience, and share solutions that improve the world of sport.
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