Howard Bryant: "The Heritage" and the Politics of Race, Sports, and Patriotism

MON, JUN 11, 2018

ESPN writer and NPR sports correspondent Howard Bryant presents his latest book, The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.

It used to be that politics and sports were as separate from one another as church and state. Today, sports arenas have been transformed into staging grounds for American patriotism and the hero worship of law enforcement. But as journalist Howard Bryant reveals, this has always been more complicated for black athletes, who from the start, were committing a political act simply by being on the field. The Heritage is the story of the rise, fall, and fervent return of the athlete-activist. Bryant details the collision of post-9/11 sports in America and the politically engaged post-Ferguson black athlete.

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Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN Magazine and NPR sports correspondent. Bryant is the author of four books: Shout Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston; Juicing the Game: Drugs Power and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball; The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron; and The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.

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