Advancing the Dialogue

Since Fritz Pollard and Bobby Marshall became the first African American players in the National Football League in 1920 a lot has changed about the game and the business of professional football. The racial mix of players on the field has grown much more representative of people of color but the presence of African American coaches hasn’t changed nearly as much. This issue is explored in great detail in the book Advancing the Game by N. Jeremi Duru. He’ll bring his insight to Washington this Saturday, January 29 at a reading and signing at Politics and Prose from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Perfect reading as we prepare to watch Mike Tomlin and his Steelers in the Super Bowl once again.


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