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African American athletes to be highlighted at Civil Rights Institute

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Civil Rights Institute partners with Thronateeska Heritage Center to highlight how African American athletes often make a difference off the court or field.

At an "Athletes and Activism" forum Wednesday night Georgia Southern University History Professor Dr. Eric Allen Hall spoke about tennis player Arthur Ashe's civil rights activism.

Ashe was especially active in the anti-apartheid movement during the 60's and 70's.

"He was sometimes more moderate than others sometimes more radical than others but the message I want is that you can be an activist from the political center. You don't have to be on one extreme or the other in order to make a difference and he kind of showed that you can do it with moderation,” said Dr. Eric Allen Hall, Asst. Professor of History in Africana.

Hall wrote a book called Arthur Ashe: Tennis and Justice in the Civil Rights Era.

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