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Miseducation of the Black Athlete: A Community Dialogue April 24

John N. Singer will present “Miseducation of the Black Athlete,” a discussion about disparities in academics and educational outcomes African-American male athletes experience from youth through college-level sports organizations, Thursday, April 24 at Lower Richland High School in Columbia, SC.

Singer, an associate professor of health and kinesiology and Chair of Diversity and Climate for the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, will discuss his work addressing critical race and diversity issues in organized sports with an emphasis on the interests of African-American males in the US education system.

Singer states that his work asks a variety of stakeholders, especially athletes themselves, to examine how the cultures, structures and processes within their sports organizations impact their educational experience and outcomes.

“Many black athletes often don’t see or acknowledge their true value as one of the most important stakeholder groups in college sport; and some might not fully understand how they are negatively exploited in the process of their schooling experiences,” Singer says. “This is particularly the case in athletic departments at predominantly white institutions of higher education, which of course are organizations that once did not even allow black athletes into their sport programs.”

Singer's research and scholarship interests span the broad areas of diversity and social justice in sport, with a particular emphasis on issues of race and ethnicity in educational settings. He has published several journal articles and book chapters in this area, and has several national and international paper presentations related to this topic.

Daniella A. Cook, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor and Secondary Social Studies Program Coordinator at the University of South Carolina College of Education, is bringing Singer to the school for the discussion.

Cook states that schools, sports organizations and communities need to better prioritize resources so that students who excel in their sports can also excel academically.

“We need to have this conversation with the community at large, not just sports organizations. We need to address the pipeline of sports and academics early on in the lives of children within our communities and how we make that pipeline serve our student athletes,” Cook states.

All members of the community including parents, athletes, coaches, teachers, and organizations are invited to attend this free event.

Singer will speak Thursday, April 24 at the Lower Richland High School Auditorium, 2615 Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins, SC 29061, from 7 – 8 p.m. and take questions from 8 – 8:30 p.m. A reception sponsored by EngenuitySC will take place before the event. Please check out the brochure.

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