VIRTUAL: Mass Confrontation: The Story of Athlete Activism in the 21st Century
Join the first Global Sports Initiative Fellow at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, former Major League Soccer player Justin Morrow, as he discusses how, taking lessons from the legends before them, today’s athletes around the world are turning individual work into collective action.
Date: Monday, October 17th, 2022, 7:00 - 8:00pm ET
Join us on Monday, October 17th as Justin Morrow, founder of Black Players for Change, 12-season Major League Soccer player, and first ever Global Sports Initiative Fellow at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, discusses his work pushing for a more inclusive environment in sports.
Now the Technical Development Manager for Toronto FC, Justin's upbringing along racially divided lines in Cleveland, OH and experience with racism as a youth ignited his passion for fighting injustices. Throughout his championship-winning professional career in Major League Soccer he leveraged his platform to build community, including co-founding Black Players for Change to work for a more inclusive environment in the sport. Since then, Justin has teamed with his peers through organizations like Players Coalition, More Than A Vote, and Common Goal.
During this event, Justin will spend some time speaking about how racism in sports shaped his adolescence, breaking down systemic barriers as a professional player, and how athletes are working together like never before. He’ll also dive into the ways Harvard is helping professional athletes pursue justice, including his own research project at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
For more information, the April edition of the Harvard Gazette has an interview focusing on Justin and his work.
Harvard Club Members and their Guests: FREE