This is the first book to focus on race, sport, protest, and the Black Atlantic. It brings together innovative scholarship on African, African-American, Afro-European, Afro-Brazilian, and Afro-Caribbean sports in a manner that speaks effectively to the diversity of the African diaspora, its history, and culture.

The book explores the history of sports, including baseball, basketball, boxing, football, rugby, cricket, and track-and-field athletics to show athlete and fan protests in sport intersected with discourses of nationalism, self-fashioning, gender and masculinity, leisure and play, challenges of underdevelopment, and the idea of progress. It shows how sport in the African diaspora is a crucially important lens through which to understand the challenges, changes, and continuities of Black Atlantic history, the history of protest, and racism.

This is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in sport history, social and cultural history, post-imperial history and decolonization, or the sociology of sport, race, and political protest.

chapter |16 pages


ByMichael J. Gennaro, Brian M. McGowan

chapter 2|13 pages

Sports and African American Emancipation

Edwin Bancroft Henderson's View on Sports in The Messenger in the 1920s
ByFrank Jacob

chapter 3|33 pages

South African Weightlifting, the International Sports Boycott and Artists and Athletes against Apartheid c. 1948–1990

“Coincidental, Parallel and Common Struggles”
ByHendrik Snyders

chapter 4|23 pages

The Role of Race and Protest in American Professional Basketball

Pro Basketball's Hidden Fear
ByThomas Aiello

chapter 5|23 pages

Contextualization of Africa's Historic Boycott of the 1966 World Cup and Its Legacy

ByWycliffe W. Simiyu Njororai

chapter 7|20 pages

The War of the Santos Football Club during Its 1969 African Tour

ByJosé Paulo Florenzano