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OSU Lima celebrates Black History Month with "Athletes and Patriotism" forum

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The discussion pointed to Colin Kaepernick who knelt during the national anthem, and who they say birthed this new movement. The discussion pointed to Colin Kaepernick who knelt during the national anthem, and who they say birthed this new movement.
They say African American athletes have historically used their social platforms in professional sports to advocate for justice and equality. They say African American athletes have historically used their social platforms in professional sports to advocate for justice and equality.

A big conversation Thursday night on "Athletes and Patriotism" at a local university, all part of the celebration of Black History Month. 

At Ohio State Lima, Athletes and Patriotism provided an insightful analysis of what a new movement means in the ongoing national conversation on race. The discussion pointed to Colin Kaepernick who knelt during the national anthem, and who they say birthed this new movement. They say African American athletes have historically used their social platforms in professional sports to advocate for justice and equality, citing Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Dr. Jessica Johnson began the conversation, she's a lecturer in English at OSU Lima and a correspondent for the Columbus Dispatch. 

"I think with the history of African Americans in protest, and how sports have been used as a platform, that was also a good way in explaining the history into how we got to where we are now and really thinking about what we have to do to move forward to have better race relations and better progress," said Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson began the conversation with a historical overview of activism by athletes, beginning with the 1946, four African American men who re-integrated professional football a year before Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut. Dr. Bill Angel moderated a discussion with Dr. Johnson before wrapping up with audience discussion and questions.

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