Author of book on race and sports to speak at Wake Forest

Jon Entine, author of the controversial book, “Taboo: Why Blacks Dominate Sports and Why We Are Afraid to Talk About It,” will speak at Wake Forest University on Feb. 20.

Entine will talk about race and sports at 4 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. A book signing will follow the free, public lecture.

Entine is an Emmy Award-winning television news reporter and producer. He produced the 1989 NBC documentary, “Black Athletes: Fact and Fiction,” on which his recent book is based. Entine has been a producer for “20/20” and “PrimeTime Live” and was a senior producer on “NBC Nightly News.”

Earl Smith, Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies and chair of sociology at Wake Forest, wrote the introduction for Entine’s book. In it, Smith says, “He (Entine) has skillfully rekindled the burning questions of the innate physical abilities of African- American athletes that have been the focus of speculation, research and scholarship for more than 100 years.”

The lecture is sponsored by Wake Forest’s American Ethnic Studies Program. For information, call 758-1891.

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