Congregation Loss : The Black Colleges, Clubs, and Sportswriters Who Desegregated Atlanta Track and Field
- Mallett, Cam
- [University Park, Pennsylvania] : Pennsylvania State University, 2022.
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- 1 electronic document
- Additional Creators:
- Dingwell, Jonathan
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- Open Access.
- After segregation excluded Black athletes from sporting opportunities in the early twentieth century, African American communities united to create their own athletic institutions, such as the Negro Baseball Leagues and Black college athletics. By the 1950s, these efforts produced a vibrant community of Black colleges, clubs, and sportswriters in Atlanta, Georgia, that historian Derrick White later referred to as a "sporting congregation." As the Civil Rights Era opened new inroads for racial progress, Atlanta Daily World sports- editor Marion Jackson and a social organization known as the 100% Wrong Club strategically mobilized Atlanta's sporting congregation to advocate for athletic integration. Their campaign of strategic congregation involved cultivating Black athletics, crusading for racial integration, negotiating with white moderates, and promoting desegregated sports. Although this blueprint succeeded in desegregating many Atlanta sporting events, including the city's annual track and field championships, progress came at a cost. Desegregation crippled the very sporting congregation that had campaigned for racial equality in the first place, undermining a key wellspring of Black political and social power. As a result, 1960s Atlanta demonstrates not only the broader strategies that Southern Black athletes and journalists employed in their pursuit of racial progress, but also how community stakeholders navigated the challenges that progress created.
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- M.S. Pennsylvania State University 2022.
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