Sports Journalist and Olympian to Discuss Documentary

Posted: September 14, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

By Erin Cushing

The Film and Media Studies and the African and African American Studies programs will host sports journalist Dave Zirin and former Olympian John Carlos, who will attend a screening of the documentary “Not Just a Game: Politics, Power and American Sports” on Monday, Oct. 3.

The film, which is based upon Zirin’s best-selling book, “The People’s History of Sports in the United States,” will be presented in the Johnson Center Cinema at 6 p.m.

Zirin is the sports editor for The Nation magazine based out of Washington, D.C., and a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated, ESPN and Comcast SportsNet.

Carlos, the bronze medalist in the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Summer Olympics, is best known for his show of support of the Civil Rights movement when he and teammate Tommie Smith held up their fists in the “black power” salute while on the medal platform.

Following the film’s screening, Zirin and Carlos will discuss the documentary and answer audience questions. They will also sign copies of their new book, “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the screening.

The event is sponsored by the Communication and English Departments, University Life and the Women and Gender Studies Program. The event is free and open to the public.

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