BC-US--Black History Month,ADVISORY, US

February 14, 2018 - 1:01 pm

As part of the AP's coverage plans for Black History Month we will be looking at how African-American athletes have used their sports platforms for the last 100 years to effect social and political change. Additional stories are expected throughout the month of February. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date on when stories will be available.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Questions are welcomed and should be directed to Assistant Sports Editor, South Region, Oscar Dixon ([email protected]), or Ohio News Editor Delano Massey ([email protected]).


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Black athletes become superstars, signing lucrative endorsement deals and gaining tremendous popularity among whites. They become saturated in pop culture. And with so much to lose, some of the most prominent athletes became voiceless, not speaking out on societal woes and not willing to take a stand. O.J. Simpson. Michael Jordan. Tiger Woods. Rodney King's brutal beating creates an outcry about police brutality. So much so that when Simpson is charged with murder, his trial will divide the country and stir racial tensions. Woods bursts onto the golf scene, destroying records held by whites. He was heralded by blacks, but wants to make sure he paid respects to his mother's Asian heritage. By Jesse J. Holland. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos and video. Interactive timeline also moving.


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WASHINGTON — Serena Williams had just won her seventh Wimbledon title when she raised her fist into the air in a black power salute, and condemned the violence and death of black men in the United States from one of the biggest platforms on the planet, years before any other athlete of her caliber took such a strong public stance. But she isn't alone. While women don't command the same attention as male athletes, Williams and others have been out there on the front lines pushing and sacrificing as much as they can in a push for a more just world. By Jesse J. Holland. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos and video.

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Some of the top NFL players say they have been racially profiled, or had a family member or friend who has been. Yes, Colin Kaepernick is out of work and mostly out of the spotlight after starting the latest chapter of black athletes using their sports platforms to make America uncomfortable by raising awareness on racially charged issues in an effort to bring about social and political change. But the issues that spurred him to kneel silently are still very much a part of people of color's daily lives. And like athletes that have taken a stand before them, many believe the struggle against injustice must continue. By Errin Haines Whack and Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos and video.


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Sports and race have been intertwined in America's journey to become a more perfect union, and black athletes have often found themselves at the center of the struggle for racial progress. From Jack Johnson's defiance outside of the boxing ring, thumbing his nose at segregation and challenging notions of black inferiority to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel silently during the national anthem ahead of NFL games that many point to as the reason he is now out of the league, black athletes have protested for generations in ways large and small in an effort to highlight injustice, expose hypocrisy and move the country forward. Often met with hate by fans uninterested in mixing sports and social issues, many have taken stances that risk their careers, choosing race over the games they love. Where does that leave us? By AP National Writer Errin Haines Whack. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos and Video.


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Colin Kaepernick knew he was sending a message when he first refused to stand during the national anthem, before a preseason game in 2016. He probably never would've guessed the price he would pay. Because of the efforts of the now-unemployed quarterback, the days of excluding politics and social issues from sports appear to be over, and those who have followed Kaepernick's lead are feeling more and more empowered to use their platform for something other than mere fun and games. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos and video. Interactive timeline also moving.


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There was no more potent or more closely guarded symbol of white domination at the turn of the 20th Century than the title of heavyweight champion of the world. Then 32-year-old Jack Johnson stepped into the ring. By AP Sports Writer Kareem Copeland. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos and video. Interactive timeline also moving.


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Muhammad Ali knew he didn't have much time left. His career was at stake but more importantly, so was his freedom as he awaited the day he would formally refuse to be inducted in the armed forces of the United States. Ali embarked on a grand tour from a soccer stadium in England to the Astrodome in Houston to make some money before his fighting days came to an end. He would need it, because his refusal to be drafted ended up costing the heavyweight champion three years during what would have been the prime of his career. By Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos and video. Interactive timeline also moving.

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