Michael Martins

Shut Up and Dribble

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 3:00 PM | Room 7

“Shut Up and Dribble” seeks to show how athletes have become some of the most influential activists in fighting for social justice and trace this trend through key sports figures. While athlete activism has been a prevalent in America for decades, the impact that athletes can have on our society has never been greater. With the growth of social media, athletes can advocate for change and speak out on issues that matter to them more than ever. Athletes like Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jim Brown were at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement alongside leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. In a new age, we have seen athletes take similar approaches, learning from those who came before them as well using their own individual talents and status to spark dialogue and promote awareness in ways never seen before. Athletes like Colin Kaepernick, Lebron James, and Carmelo Anthony have emerged as a new generation of athlete activists who have used their unique position with abundant resources and influence to make a difference. “Shut Up and Dribble” will not only show how athletes’ tactics have changed, but also how the issues that inspire them to speak up have shifted. Although these athletes have made a considerable difference in our society, their actions have not come without criticism, warranted and unwarranted. Through all this, this capstone will show just how valuable athletes are to the fight for a more equal society. In a nation where minorities are underrepresented and systematically discriminated against, athletes have the chance to change the world and should never “shut up and dribble.”

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