Black in Blue: The Duke Sports and Race Project critically studies race and sports at Duke, within its geographic placement, and beyond. This faculty-led project has three pillars, with each examining the politics and histories of intercollegiate athletics and athletes, particularly in revenue-generating sports.
Workshops to engage in critical and constructive dialogue about experiences, and histories of Black student-athletes
RECENT EVENT: The History of Black Student-Athletes and Activism at Duke
Black in Blue brought together Claudius "C.B." Claiborne, Duke's first Black student-athlete, and former Duke women's lacrosse player Michelle Staggers. In addition to success in sports and in the classroom, Claiborne participated in the 1969 Allen Building sit-in during his Senior year, and Staggers co-founded Duke United Black Athletes in 2018 as a college Junior. In this conversation, they discussed the similarities and differences across their experiences as barrier-breaking athletes and activists at Duke and beyond. The conversation was moderated by Javier Wallace, post-doctoral fellow in African & African American Studies at Duke, and an in-person watch party was held March 2 at the Mary Lou Williams Center for students and other members of the Duke Community who could not attend the virtual public event.
This course examines the Black Latin American and AfroLatinx sporting experience over time. Their hypervisibility has brought much prestige to their countries. However, their success on behalf of the nation doesn't equate to improved... read more
The late Muhammad Ali may have been the most recognizable Black Man of the 20th Century, in no small part due to the fact that he was one of the most photographed sports figures of the 20th Century. Ali’s own investment in curating... read more