Third and Long: The History of African Americans in Pro Football
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Discussion Topics / Thought Starters

The "Third and Long" content can be used to foster discussion about topics such as integration, diversity, equality  and self-empowerment.  Below are a few thought starters and activities to help initiate a discussion:

  • Talk to a parent or grandparent who participated in World War II and ask them about their expereinces.  Did they encounter racism or discrimination?
  • Identify key legislation that was critical to growth of the Civil Rights Movement.  Explain the impact that the legislation had on race relations in the United States.
  • What was the role of women, both Black and White, in the Civil Rights Movement?
  • What role has sports played in racial progress in this country?
  • Name individuals in other professional sports who broke down racial barriers in their respective sports.