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
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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

...Singer's work is an impressive accomplishment. He blends methods and fields, including critical race theory, sociology, sports management, and more. The book is useful for anyone interested in education, race, or athletics. — Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Race, Sports, and Education is highly readable and should be read by high school, community college, and HWCU educators, whether in the classroom or in the field, as well as by college athletes. The text details the serious problems black male athletes face and points to possible solutions. — Choice

Race, Sports, and Education is a timely text that demonstrates how sport and the discipline of sport management intersect with diverse aspects of society and academic disciplines, specifically the disciplines of education, cultural studies, and sociology. — Journal of Sport Management

Any institution that has the goal of becoming anti-racist in earnest should use these stories to rethink and change policies and practices to support the personal, professional, and academic growth, learning, and holistic development of Black male athletes. For Black male student athletes, Race, Sports, and Education offers empowering stories of and strategies for resistance, strength, and resilience. — Teachers College Record

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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 within the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. He is also an affiliate faculty of the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change at San Jose State University. Dr. Singer’s research and scholarly interests have primarily centered around the intersections between race, sport, and education, with a keen focus on the complex and contextual realities Black males face as primary stakeholders in organized school sport. His work has also been concerned with diversity and social justice matters in sporting institutions and organizations, with an emphasis on the experiences, mind-sets, and plight of historically underrepresented and marginalized groups. Dr. Singer’s work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Journal of Sport Management; Journal of Intercollegiate Sport; International Review for the Sociology of Sport; Sport, Education, & Society; Journal of Black Studies; Urban Education; and Race, Ethnicity, and Education. He has also contributed to the literature as the author of numerous chapters in edited books across the fields of education, sociology, sport studies, and sport management. Dr. Singer received the Montague Scholar-Center for Teaching Excellence Award at Texas A&M in 2009, and the North American Society of Sport Management Diversity Award in 2019. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University.

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