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When Sports and Politics Collide

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When TV news images showed pro-Tibet sympathizers dramatically disrupting the international Olympic torch relay in multiple cities earlier this year, Dr. Yosay Wangdi's faculty colleagues throughout academia flooded her with e-mails. Dr. Peniel Joseph, an associate professor of African and Afro-American studies at Brandeis University, believes the social and political undercurrents surrounding Olympic history can teach college students lessons that supplement what's covered in a classroom. Soon after a class discussion about the Black power movement, which included mention of the 1968 Olympics, one of his students purchased and read Smith's autobiography, Silent Gesture.

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