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We Matter: Athletes and Activism

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In interviews and essays, high-profile activist athletes explore the intersection of sports and politics.

Forthcoming: 2/6/18

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What people are saying…

“Etan confronts our collective challenges and reminds us that life is not just a game, but demands a constant struggle for justice.”
—Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!


Description

The latest from Akashic’s Edge of Sports imprint.

Featuring interviews by former NBA star Etan Thomas with over fifty athletes, and interwoven with essays and critiques by Thomas, We Matter, shares the personal tales and opinions of Russell Westbrook, Jamal Crawford, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, John Carlos, Craig Hodges, Swin Cash, Chamique Holdsclaw, Torrey Smith, and many more.

This volume will be an inspiration for many different people: sports junkies, young readers who need words of encouragement from their favorite athletes; parents seeking positive messages for their children; activists who want to hear athletes using their voices to address social justice; and schools that need motivational material for their students.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Published: 2/6/18
  • IBSN: 9781617755910
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756122
  • Hardcover
  • IBSN: 9781617755941

Author

ETAN THOMAS a former eleven-year NBA star, was born in Harlem and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has published three books: a collection of poems titled More Than an Athlete, the memoir Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge, and Voices of the Future, a collection of poems and essays by young writers from around the country on topics such as racism, Trayvon Martin, President Obama, gun violence, and AIDS. Thomas was honored for social justice advocacy as the recipient of the 2010 National Basketball Players Association Community Contribution Award, as well as the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation Legacy Award. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, CNN, and ESPN. He can be frequently seen on MSNBC as a special correspondent and he cohosts a weekly local radio show, The Collision, on WPFW in Washington, DC, about the place where sports and politics collide. We Matter: Athletes and Activism is his latest book.

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