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Dr. Johnny Smith talks Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

In conjunction with the publication of his new book, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (written with Dr. Randy Roberts), Professor Smith made several media appearances in which he discussed the tumultuous relationship between the legendary boxer and the Muslim minister. The much anticipated follow-up to Smith's first book, The Sons of Westwood (2013), Blood Brothers sheds important new light on Ali's legacy in the aftermath of the boxer's death in June 2016.

Smith and Roberts Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal
Smith interview on NPR's Morning Edition
Blood Brothers excerpt from Slate
Blood Brothers excerpt from The New Republic

Holmes v. Atlanta Exhibit

In November of 2015, Dr. Mary McDonald and several Georgia Tech graduate students organized an exhibit displayed at the clubhouse of the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the historic court case that facilitated the desegregation of public recreation facilities across the country. The exhibit, funded by the Friends of the Bobby Jones Golf Course, is called "Changing the Game"  and commemorates the efforts of Alfred "Tup" Holmes, an African American golfer who challenged how access to public golf courses in 1950s Atlanta was strictly divided along racial lines. Featuring stories, photographs, and other artifacts documenting Holmes' historic Supreme Court case, the exhibit seeks to draw attention to the role of Atlanta's sport culture in the desegregation movement while preserving the history of the Bobby Jones course.

The spirit of the Supreme Court’s Holmes v. Atlanta ruling followed their landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education which overturned the legality of “separate but equal” state education laws. Holmes v. Atlanta was among the first cases to extend this precedent beyond education into other public accommodations and arguably had a more immediate impact. Fittingly, Tup and Oliver Holmes along with Charles Bell played the North Fulton golf course on December 24 and the Bobby Jones course on December 25, 1955 thus desegregating Atlanta public golf courses.

For more information, visit the exhibit website:

Media coverage of the Holmes v. Atlanta exhibit:

New exhibit commemorates historic supreme court ruling on golf course desegregation - Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Atlanta desegregation began on a golf course - Atlanta Journal Constitution

Famous course honors golfer who desergregated it - Dalton Daily Citizen

History made on golf course - Reporter Newspapers

Dr. Bowman, in collaboration with the organization Rise Up & Care, established the Reimagine Rio film festival in August of 2016. The festival, strategically timed with the summer Olympic Games, was founded as a showcase for five Brazilian films telling inspiring stories of communties working together to transform the city of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Bowman, Jon R. Wilcox Term Professor in Soccer and Global Politics in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, was instrumental in providing the vision for the festival, which involved allowing local artistic and cultural communities across Rio to thrive through the production, promotion, and celebration of these films.

One of these films, Bad and the Birdieman (2016), follows Sebastião, a native of the Chacrinha favela in Rio, who founded a badminton league that against all odds grew from its humble beginnings to develop multiple internationally-ranked players.

You can read more about Doctor Bowman's work with Rise Up & Care here:
Rio film events during 2016 Olympic Games higlights innovation by and for the world's poor - Georgia Tech News Center

Other SST Media Appearances

Professor Matt Ventresca writes for Engaging Sports: Can Technology Alone Solve the Concussion Crisis?

Professor Mary McDonald interviewed for Pacific Standard article: Imagining an America Without Sports