Race, Sports, and Education

Race, Sports, and Education Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for Black Male College Athletes

John N. Singer
paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-409-0
Price: $32.00

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cloth, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-410-6
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Race, Sports, and Education highlights the myriad ways in which organized collegiate sport has both positively contributed to and negatively detracted from the educational experiences of Black male college athletes. Specifically, John N. Singer examines the educational experiences, opportunities, and outcomes of Black males who have played NCAA Division I football and/or basketball at historically White colleges and universities.


Sports and education should represent a powerful and positive alliance. Singer demonstrates how wrong it can all go when ideas about race and property intersect. — Gloria Ladson-Billings, professor emerita, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Unsparing in its critique of the significance of race in the ‘collegiate sports industrial complex’ but abidingly optimistic in its final outlook, Race, Sports, and Education brings the debate over the status and circumstances of Black male collegiate athletes into the twenty-first century. — Harry Edwards, professor emeritus, sociology, University of California, Berkeley, and consultant for the NFL, NBA, and NCAA College/University

Race, Sports, and Education gives a voice to the voiceless through the words of Black male athletes. — John Shoop, former NFL and college football coach 

John Singer puts forward an essential truth: that to find pathways to advance justice and equality for African American male college athletes, the issue of race must be placed at the center. — Ellen J. Staurowsky, professor, Department of Sport Management, Lebow College of Business, Drexel University 

Singer’s brilliance is evidenced in prose, in expert analysis, and in his skillful presentation of compelling counternarratives. This important volume complicates what we know about how race, sports, and education commingle. — Shaun R. Harper, founder and executive director, University of Southern California Race and Equity Center

The academic talent development of Black male college athletes remains grossly understudied and poorly documented. John Singer’s new text is a timely and welcome entry for that critical knowledge gap. — Eddie Comeaux, editor of College Athletes’ Rights and Well-Being

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About the Author

John N. Singer is associate professor of sport management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology and associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.

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