African-American Contributions to Sports and Law Exhibit & Reception

img_6252For the second year the Law Library is presenting a Black History Artifacts Exhibit. These items are made available thanks to the generosity of Georgia Law alumnus Roy W. Copeland (J.D.’83). Copeland, a professor in the Valdosta State University, College of Business Administration, and his wife Dr. Cheryl L. Copeland, have been active collectors since 1989. Please join the Law Library and The Davenport-Benham Chapter of the Black Law Students Association for a reception on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 9:30am-11:30am in the Law Library Foyer. Coffee and bakery treats will be served.

“Last year we exhibited civil rights themed items, this year we have sports themed items,” remarked Sharon Bradley, Special Collections Librarian. “Sports have often been a mechanism to break down barriers beyond the sport itself; Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe in tennis, Jesse Owens in track and field and the Olympics, Jackie Robinson in baseball. There are several items highlighting Muhammad Ali who broke many social and political expectations. He even has a law named for him, the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, Pub.L. 106-210, 114 Stat. 321 (2000). All of these items are really cool, but the world of sports has had a significant impact on American law. Desegregation, women’s rights, contracts, anti-trust, and labor and employment all have important court decisions or legislation that began in the sports arena.”

The items will be on display in the library entrance through February. “I’ve also included a number of items from our print collection. It was surprising how many things we owned that covered sports, particularly baseball,” said Bradley. “I hope people will view the visual items and then want to learn more.”

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