Review by Choice Review
That one of the two 2011 Super Bowl teams was led by an African American head coach seemed unremarkable. But as Duru (law, Temple Univ.) points out, it was remarkable--and a recent development in professional football. Duru tells the story of a handful of lawyers, activists, and former NFL insiders who challenged hiring practices in the NFL, an "old boy" white power structure that treated African American players as commodities but denied African Americans leadership positions. In 2003 the NFL adopted the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates when hiring head coaches. The rule traces back to activist Cleveland Browns player John Wooten, who joined civil rights attorneys in mobilizing NFL African American assistant coaches to call attention to NLF racial discrimination. Duru provides insights into the Rooney Rule and explains how the initiative inspired other organizations (e.g., the National Urban League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association) to turn to the NFL for guidance in developing diversity programs. This fine book complements Fame to Infamy, ed. by David Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen (CH, Jul'11, 48-6349), Shaun Powell's Souled Out? (2008), William Rhoden's $40 Million Slaves (2006), and Earl Smith's Race, Sport, and the American Dream (CH, Feb'08, 45-3261). Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. E. J. Staurowsky Ithaca College
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Review by Library Journal Review
Decades after the NFL desegregated, head coaching positions remained almost entirely held by whites-until two attorneys and a former offensive lineman worked to bring change. Temple University law professor Duru chonicles how it happened. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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