Advancing the Ball: Race and the NFL
Thursday, January 18, 2018  6:00 PM
Delaware History Museum - Wilmington
New Directions in African American History Series


Advancing the Ball with Professor N. Jeremi DuruProfessor N. Jeremi Duru is Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, where he teaches sports law, civil procedure, intellectual property and employment discrimination law.  He is among the nation’s foremost sports law authorities, dealing with both amateur and professional arenas. Duru is the author of Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL (Oxford University Press, 2011), which examines the National Football League’s movement toward increased opportunity for coaches and front office personnel. 

Professor Duru also serves as legal counsel to the Fritz Pollard Alliance.  The members of this alliance, named for Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard, the first African American coach in the NFL, promote diversity and equality of job opportunity in the coaching, front office and scouting staffs in the League.   Because of this work, Duru brings an insider's perspective to his larger story about race and sports in contemporary American society. 

Advancing the Ball chronicles the campaign of former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman John Wooten and attorneys Cyrus Mehri and Johnnie Cochran to stand together for equal opportunity in the NFL.  The result of their work is the "Rooney Rule," which stipulates that every team must interview at least one minority candidate when searching for a new head coach. Featuring an impassioned foreword by Tony Dungy, Advancing the Ball offers an eye-opening look at how a sea change in America's most popular sport has added an extraordinary new chapter to the civil rights story.

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