Black Athletes: Successes and Struggles in a White Nation

Course Dates: 
7 weeks: March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 2018
Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m.
Larry Griswold
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Spring

Built around the films of Ross Greenburg, the master documentary maker, this course will include six documentaries shown over seven sessions. The first documentary highlights the successes of black athletes soon after the Civil War and the events that followed in which black athletes were excluded. The remaining documentaries tell the stories of individuals and sports, from the 1930s to the 1970s, struggling for equal rights in boxing, pro football, baseball, the Olympics and college football.

Course outline

As an advertising sales manager for Sports Illustrated, Larry Griswold ( worked with then-HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg, who has been described as “one of television's most successful guiding hands for documentaries.” This course is an extension of Sports History Stories from a Master Documentary Maker —a course Larry taught annually from 2012 - 2017.