The LARB Ball NBA Roundtable
On the inevitability of professional basketball...
Theresa Runstedtler is Associate Professor of History at American University. She is the author of Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line (University of California Press, 2012), a book that examines the first African American world heavyweight champion’s legacy as a black sporting hero and anticolonial icon in the early 1900s. Her second book project in progress explores questions of blackness, masculinity, labor, and criminalization through the lens of professional basketball's so-called Dark Ages of the 1970s. In another life, she was a member of the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak in the late 1990s.