Grambling State University Creates New Center to Study Race and Sports

Grambling State University, the historically Black educational institution in Louisiana, has announced the establishment of the Doug Williams Center for the Study of Race and Politics in Sports. The aim of the new center is to engage public education and develop potential social and political solutions to issues concerning professional sports.

The Doug Williams Center will serve as an academic hub for understanding how the intersection of professional sports, politics, and race can be used to progress social justice among other key objectives. The Center will be supported by the National Football League Campus Connection program and will collaborate with the Eddie G. Robinson Museum on the university’s campus. Coach Robinson guided the Grambling football team to 408 wins during his long career.

Rick Gallot, president of Grambling State University, stated that “the sports legacy left by the great Coach Eddie Robinson and so many others makes GSU uniquely positioned as a home for this type of education. It’s never been clearer that these conversations are essential to making a lasting impact on our athletes and the politics of the sports industry.”

Grambling State has sent more than 200 players to the NFL, more than any other historically Black college and university. One of those players was Doug Williams, who was the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Four Grambling players are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

North Carolina A&T State University Mounts Effort to Educate Heirs Property Owners

Heirs property is land passed down through a family, often over multiple generations and to numerous descendants, without the use of wills or probate courts. In North Carolina, the value of land owned as heirs property is estimated at nearly $1.9 billion. Heirs property is disproportionately held by Black landowners.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

New Legislation Aims to Boost Entrepreneurial Efforts of HBCU Students

Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) has introduced the Minority Entrepreneurship Grant Program Act, bipartisan legislation that creates a grant program with the Small Business Administration for entrepreneurs at minority-serving institutions like historically Black colleges and universities.

Featured Jobs