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Interview with Louis Moore on his book, We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality

April 22, 2021

We recently interviewed GVSU Professor Louis Moore on his book, We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality. 

The book originally came out in 2017 in hardback, but will be republished in paperback form later this year. The new edition will also have a forward, which talks about all of the activism by Black athletes since 2016, plus it includes illustrations by another GVSU Professor, Brett Colley, some of which are included here.

The interview below is just over 28 minutes in length, and some of the questions we asked Professor Moore were:

What motivated you to write this book?

While people are probably familiar with Jackie Robinson, they may not have heard about Althea Gibson or the fact that there was also a color-barrier in the sport of bowling. Can you talk about these arenas of Black activism?

What makes the area of sports, particularly professional sports, such an important area for Black athletes to either make a statement or to support existing movements, like the Movement for Black Lives?

What is the same about the Black Athletes who were part of the movement in the 50s and 60s and the Black Athletes who are fight for racial justice today? And how are they different?

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