Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports San Jose State University has been at the forefront of the intersection of sport and social activism since Tommie Smith and John Carlos initiated a protest during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. This protest, a Black Power fist salute into the air, was inspired by the Olympic Project for Human Rights, which was founded by civil rights activist, Dr. Harry Edwards. 50 years later, Dr. Edwards and the Institute is embarking on a new era of social conscience conversation with its own Words to Action Town Hall events. As part of Women’s History Month, SJSU’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change recently hosted its 2nd annual event, Words to Action: Gender, Sport and Society. Dr. Edwards set the tone with his opening remarks where he stressed that women should be held up to the same level of acknowledgement as their male counterparts, not only in sports but in the game of life. “They use women to sell everything in American society,” Edwards exclaimed. “They use women to sell cars, to sell clothes, to sell vacations, to sell cruises, to sell cleaning supplies, to sell hamburgers. But they can’t sell women’s… Read full this story
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