Black athletes from Muhammad Ali to Michael Jordan have transformed their sports. But has our society's fixation on black athletes hurt other African-Americans? Next time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, sports and race in America. Also, basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar talks about his heroes.
John Hoberman teaches languages at the University of Texas. He talks with Judith Strasser about his book "Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race." Also, Chet Walker , formerly an all-star player in the NBA and now a Hollywood TV and movie producer, tells Steve Paulson that he was used as a Black athlete by his mostly white college, but acknowledges that sports gave him many opportunities he would not otherwise have had. Walker's memoir is "Long Time Coming: A Black Athlete's Coming-of- Age in America."SEGMENT 2:
Basketball fan and poet Dennis Trudell has compiled an anthology of basketball-inspired poems and short stories. He reads some samples and talks about them with Jim Fleming. The book is called "Full Court."SEGMENT 3:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the most celebrated athletes in basketball history. After a great career at UCLA (where he majored in history), he led both the Bucks and the Lakers to NBA championships. Now he's written a book: "Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African American Achievement" which chronicles the contributions of African-Americans in the New World starting in the sixteenth century. And none of the profiles is of an athlete. Abdul-Jabbar tells Steve Paulson why.
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