ERIC Number: EJ1072458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Generations: Academic and Athletic Integration of a Southern PWI Basketball Program
Clark, Langston; Harrison, Louis, Jr.; Bimper, Albert Y.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v86 n3 p281-291 2015
Purpose: The purposes of this study were to: (a) analyze the insights and experiences of the 1st African American student-athlete (in basketball) at a prominent predominantly White institution in the Deep South as well as the later insights and experiences of his sons at the same university; and (b) to present a counterstory to the dominant historical rendering of the Civil Rights Movement, the integration of athletics, and the experiences and outcomes of contemporary African American athletes. Method: Using qualitative critical race methodology, investigators conducted and analyzed interviews with the 1st African American to play basketball at a prominent university located in the Deep South and his 2 sons who attended the same university a generation later. Results: Using the lens of critical race theory, the themes conceived from the analysis were the counterstory of agency, counterstorytelling stereotypes, and the salience of everyday racism. Conclusion: Racism is still existent within society, even within college athletics. The holistic success of African American athletes in college is dependent upon their ability to navigate overt and covert racial climates.
Descriptors: Team Sports, Integrated Curriculum, Integrated Activities, African American Students, College Athletics, Qualitative Research, Investigations, Interviews, Racial Integration, Desegregation Effects, Generational Differences, Critical Theory, Stereotypes, Racial Discrimination, Racial Bias, Desegregation Litigation, Civil Rights, Longitudinal Studies, Fathers, Sons, Academic Achievement, Educational Attainment, Social Environment, Socialization, Persistence, Familiarity, Phenomenology, Student Experience, Race
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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