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Dr. Harry Edwards

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Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, Civic Activist & Author

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 Dr. Harry Edwards Biography

Harry Edwards was born in St. Louis but grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois. After an outstanding career at East St. Louis High, he graduated in 1960 and was awarded an athletic scholarship to San Jose State University from which he graduated in 1964 with high honors. He subsequently was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a University Fellowship to Cornell University where he completed a M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology. He was on the faculty of California at Berkeley from 1970 – 2001 and currently is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology.

From 1992 through 2001, Dr. Edwards was a consulting inmate counselor at the San Francisco County Jail at San Bruno, California and periodically worked with inmate programs at California’s San Quentin State Prison. From 2001 through 2003, Dr. Edwards was Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of Oakland, California.

Dr. Edwards also has a long and storied history of activism focused upon developments at the interface of sport, race, and society. The combination of his experiences as an African-American, as an athlete in the 1960’s, and his training in the discipline of sociology led Harry to propose that by the late 1960’s America had become very complacent about the issue of race in sports. He ultimately called for a Black athlete boycott of the United States 1968 Olympic team in large part to dramatize the racial inequities and barriers confronting Blacks in sport and society. The movement resulted in demonstrations by Black athletes across the nation and ultimately at the Mexico City games – a movement commemorated by a 24-foot high statue on the campus at San Jose State University.

Years later, Dr. Edwards was to become a consultant on issues of diversity for all three major sports. He was hired by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in 1987 to help with efforts to increase front office representation of minorities and women in baseball. He also was with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA from 1987 through 1995, specializing in player personnel recruitment and counseling. In 1986, he began work with the San Francisco 49ers in the area of player personnel counseling and programs. The programs and methods that he developed for handling player personnel issues were adopted by the entire NFL in 1992, as was the Minority Coaches’ Internship Program developed by he and Coach Bill Walsh to increase opportunities for minority coaches in the NFL.

Over his career, Harry Edwards has persisted in efforts to compel the sports establishment to confront and to effectively address issues pertaining to diversity and equal opportunity within its rank. Edwards, a scholar-activist who became spokesperson for what amounted to a revolution in sports, is now considered a leading authority on developments at the interface of race, sport, and society and was a pioneering scholar in the founding of the sociology of sport as an academic discipline.

Dr. Edwards has been a consultant with producers of sports related programs for numerous television and film productions in the United States and abroad over the last 40 years. He has received dozens of awards and honors, including several honorary doctorate degrees and has been honored by the University of Texas which has established the “Dr. Harry Edwards Lectures”, a permanent series of invited lectures on themes related to sport and society. He has written scores of articles and four books: The Struggle That Must Be, Sociology of Sports, Black Students, The Revolt of the Black Athlete.

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The Revolt of the Black Athlete: 50th Anniversary Edition (Sport and Society)

The Revolt of the Black Athlete: 50th Anniversary Edition (Sport and Society)

Revolt of the Black Athlete

Revolt of the Black Athlete

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  • The Details: Dr. Harry Edwards To Huskies, ‘This is Overtime’

    Dr. Harry Edwards stood at the lectern in Washington’s team room. The sociologist whose distinguished career has focused on the experience of black athletes looked around the room, surveyed the faces of the football players and delivered a simple, but crucial message.

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Dr. Harry Edwards

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Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, Civic Activist & Author

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Dr. Harry Edwards Biography

Harry Edwards was born in St. Louis but grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois. After an outstanding career at East St. Louis High, he graduated in 1960 and was awarded an athletic scholarship to San Jose State University from which he graduated in 1964 with high honors. He subsequently was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a University Fellowship to Cornell University where he completed a M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology. He was on the faculty of California at Berkeley from 1970 – 2001 and currently is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology.

From 1992 through 2001, Dr. Edwards was a consulting inmate counselor at the San Francisco County Jail at San Bruno, California and periodically worked with inmate programs at California’s San Quentin State Prison. From 2001 through 2003, Dr. Edwards was Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of Oakland, California.

Dr. Edwards also has a long and storied history of activism focused upon developments at the interface of sport, race, and society. The combination of his experiences as an African-American, as an athlete in the 1960’s, and his training in the discipline of sociology led Harry to propose that by the late 1960’s America had become very complacent about the issue of race in sports. He ultimately called for a Black athlete boycott of the United States 1968 Olympic team in large part to dramatize the racial inequities and barriers confronting Blacks in sport and society. The movement resulted in demonstrations by Black athletes across the nation and ultimately at the Mexico City games – a movement commemorated by a 24-foot high statue on the campus at San Jose State University.

Years later, Dr. Edwards was to become a consultant on issues of diversity for all three major sports. He was hired by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in 1987 to help with efforts to increase front office representation of minorities and women in baseball. He also was with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA from 1987 through 1995, specializing in player personnel recruitment and counseling. In 1986, he began work with the San Francisco 49ers in the area of player personnel counseling and programs. The programs and methods that he developed for handling player personnel issues were adopted by the entire NFL in 1992, as was the Minority Coaches’ Internship Program developed by he and Coach Bill Walsh to increase opportunities for minority coaches in the NFL.

Over his career, Harry Edwards has persisted in efforts to compel the sports establishment to confront and to effectively address issues pertaining to diversity and equal opportunity within its rank. Edwards, a scholar-activist who became spokesperson for what amounted to a revolution in sports, is now considered a leading authority on developments at the interface of race, sport, and society and was a pioneering scholar in the founding of the sociology of sport as an academic discipline.

Dr. Edwards has been a consultant with producers of sports related programs for numerous television and film productions in the United States and abroad over the last 40 years. He has received dozens of awards and honors, including several honorary doctorate degrees and has been honored by the University of Texas which has established the “Dr. Harry Edwards Lectures”, a permanent series of invited lectures on themes related to sport and society. He has written scores of articles and four books: The Struggle That Must Be, Sociology of Sports, Black Students, The Revolt of the Black Athlete.

Dr. Harry Edwards Videos

  • Activist Harry Edwards Inspires at MLK Town Hall
    UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus Dr. Harry Edwards Weighs in on ESPN's O.J.: Made in America - 6/15/16 - Duration: 13:51. The Rich Eisen ...
  • From Robinson to Kaepernick: The Evolution of Athlete Activism ...
    Dr. Harry Edwards, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley; Author, The Revolt of the Black Athlete James Brown, Host, The NFL ...
  • Activist Dr. Harry Edwards' Strong Comments on Why Colin ...
    Activist Dr. Harry Edwards' Strong Comments on Why Colin Kaepernick Remains Unsigned | 6/15/17. The Rich Eisen Show. Loading.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dr. Harry Edwards for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dr. Harry Edwards, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dr. Harry Edwards or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dr. Harry Edwards?

    Booking fees for Dr. Harry Edwards, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Harry Edwards, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dr. Harry Edwards?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dr. Harry Edwards for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Harry Edwards for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dr. Harry Edwards or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dr. Harry Edwards or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dr. Harry Edwards is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Harry Edwards for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Dr. Harry Edwards generally travels from Berkeley, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Bobby Seale, Ilyasah Shabazz, Yoruba Richen, Nikki Giovanni and Clayborne Carson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Harry Edwards for an upcoming event.

Dr. Harry Edwards Speaker Videos

  • Activist Harry Edwards Inspires at MLK Town Hall
    UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus Dr. Harry Edwards Weighs in on ESPN's O.J.: Made in America - 6/15/16 - Duration: 13:51. The Rich Eisen ...
    From Robinson to Kaepernick: The Evolution of Athlete Activism ...
    Dr. Harry Edwards, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley; Author, The Revolt of the Black Athlete James Brown, Host, The NFL ...
  • Activist Dr. Harry Edwards' Strong Comments on Why Colin ...
    Activist Dr. Harry Edwards' Strong Comments on Why Colin Kaepernick Remains Unsigned | 6/15/17. The Rich Eisen Show. Loading.

Dr. Harry Edwards News

  • The Details: Dr. Harry Edwards To Huskies, ‘This is Overtime’

    Dr. Harry Edwards stood at the lectern in Washington’s team room. The sociologist whose distinguished career has focused on the experience of black athletes looked around the room, surveyed the faces of the football players and delivered a simple, but crucial message.

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