In my first, exclusive LinkedIn post, I discuss what leaders can learn from the University of Missouri (Mizzou) protests happening now. Here’s an excerpt:
But lots of the narrative has changed in the last couple of years. Northwestern University football team’s demand for unionization and Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit versus the NCAA are just two big examples of the athletes seeking to wrest some power back from the multi-billion dollar industry that college athletics has become. But in recent times, we’ve also seen instances of athletes working in conjunction with the student body to ask for better collegiate conditions. Knox College basketball player Ariyana Smith recently protested the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner with student activists on campus. Oklahoma athletes joined with the campus community to protest fraternity SAE’s racist viral video.
The latest protest from Missouri is icing on the cake. In the words of rapper Kendrick Lamar, “We gon’ be alright!”
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