In this lecture, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, gives an entertaining tour of African American athletes throughout American history. From Bill Richmond, a bare-knuckles boxer in eighteenth century New York to the barn storming all-black baseball leagues of the late nineteenth century, Gates uncovers both well-known and long forgotten figures in American sports.

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