On The Shoulders Of Giants When Colin Kaepernick stopped standing for the national anthem at NFL games it sparked a nationwide conversation about patriotism and police brutality. Black athletes using their platform to protest injustice has long been a tradition in American history. In this episode we tap in our friends at Throughline to explore three stories of protest that are rarely told but essential to understanding the current debate: the heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, the sprinter Wilma Rudolph, and the basketball player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.
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On The Shoulders Of Giants

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On The Shoulders Of Giants

On The Shoulders Of Giants

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When Colin Kaepernick stopped standing for the national anthem at NFL games it sparked a nationwide conversation about patriotism and police brutality. Black athletes using their platform to protest injustice has long been a tradition in American history. In this episode we tap in our friends at Throughline to explore three stories of protest that are rarely told but essential to understanding the current debate: the heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, the sprinter Wilma Rudolph, and the basketball player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.

3 AUG 1960: Wilma Rudolph of the USA, on the awards stand after winning the gold medal in the 200 meter spring at the Summer Olympics in Rome. Hulton Deutsch/All Hulton Deutsch/Getty hide caption

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3 AUG 1960: Wilma Rudolph of the USA, on the awards stand after winning the gold medal in the 200 meter spring at the Summer Olympics in Rome. Hulton Deutsch/All

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