Fighting Racism Through Sport

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By Sean GrahamWe’re back with new episodes and this week I’m joined by Ian Kennedy, author of On Account of Darkness: Shining Light on Race and Sport, which explores how athletes from Chatham-Kent in southwestern Ontario fought racial discrimination through sports. We discuss Ian’s interest in sports, Chatham-Kent’s history as a terminus of the underground railroad, and why sports are a powerful tool for social change. We also talk about the Chatham Coloured All-Stars and Fergie Jenkins, the difference between amateur and professional sports, and the future of activism in sports.

You can keep up with Ian’s work on Twitter and at The Hockey News

Historical Headline of the Week

Richard McGahey, “The Super Bowl, Racism, and Segregation,” Forbes February 13, 2023.

Sean Graham is a media historian, Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, and a contributing editor with

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