Black History Month

This February, BASE, Chandler4Change, Chandler Men of Action, South Chandler Self-Help, and the City of Chandler are proud to present an extensive variety of events to celebrate the contributions and history of the Black community. 

The City of Chandler has been enriched by the contributions of its Black community and celebrates the achievements, important role and history of this community through a variety of events and exhibits all year long. Let’s continue to work together to ensure Chandler is a place of equal rights and opportunity for all. For more information, be sure to visit Chandler Diversity.

 

Athletes in Action: A Sports History of Black Activism in Arizona

Dr. Matthew Whitaker
Saturday, Feb. 20 | 10:30 a.m. | Virtual Program

Dr. Matthew Whitaker

Join us online for the next Our Stories presentation, as Dr. Matthew Whitaker explores how Arizona's athletes have used their platform to seek and secure social, economic, and political justice for people of African descent. This talk coordinates with the exhibition Bigger than Boxing: Zora Folley and the 1967 Heavyweight Title on view at the Chandler Museum through Aug. 29, 2021.

Sportswriter, Steve Wulf, writes "the history of sports protests goes deep. Back, way back, on Jan. 13, 532 A.D., at the chariot races in Constantinople, rival drivers from the Blues and Greens teams asked the emperor Justinian to pardon two of their followers who had been condemned to die. His refusal led to the Nika Revolt, six weeks of rioting that resulted in the deaths of 30,000 people. So taking a knee during the national anthem isn’t exactly unprecedented, or nearly as calamitous. Athletes in modern times have often been moved to protest conditions, to demonstrate that they are citizens of conscience by speaking truth to power."

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