Sports & Race Talks at the Clinton House Museum & Pine Bluff historical museum

My book tour continue with talks in Fayetteville and Pine Bluff about state heritage, race relations and sports. Here are the press releases for the events this week:

  1. Interested in social justice and sports? At 6 pm on Thursday, Evin Demirel will be the featured speaker at the Clinton House Museum. Demirel is the author of African-American Athletes in Arkansas and will discuss Muhammad Ali’s visit to the UA in 1969 and sports as an agent for social change. Free cheese and wine will also be served at the free talk and signing. Go here to RSVP. Of his book, Razorback legend Ronnie Brewer says, “It will speak to athletes, coaches and history lovers across the state and region . . . But its reach should be wider–it’s national history as well.”
  2. Are you interested in social justice or sports? At 2 pm on Sunday, sports historian Evin Demirel will be the featured speaker at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum. Demirel is the author of African-American Athletes in Arkansas and will discuss Muhammad Ali’s visit to Pine Bluff in 1969, the national championship-winning Merrill High football programs of the 1930s and sports as an agent for social change. His book, which features rarely seen photos of UAPB athletic teams from a century ago, was completed with the help of UAPB’s museum and cultural center.Here is one such photo:

Merrill High football