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Basic Black: Brothers and Sisters on the Run

April 18, 2014

Runners of color, specifically from Kenya have a long and visible presence in marathons around the country, including the Boston Marathon.  But a closer look reveals a low percentage of Americans of color who participate in marathon running.  Most American runners of color who advance in their sport become headliners in track and sprinting but where are the stars in marathon running?  As we head into the 118th Boston Marathon, Basic Black discusses reasons for the dearth of American runners of color in long distance running and the benefits (to the runner and the community) of improving the numbers.

Panelists:

- Callie Crossley, host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH News
- Kim McLarin, author, assistant professor of writing, literature and publishing, Emerson - College
- Phillip Martin, senior reporter, WGBH News
- U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, marathon runner and fitness advocate
- Tony DaRocha, head of men's and women's cross country, Emmanuel College


Resources:
National Black Marathoners Association
Kai Grant and the Boston Marathon
Black Girls RUN!

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Basic Black is produced live in WGBH's Studio B featuring a panel of the region’s sharpest observers of the current news, events, and topics impacting black communities locally and nationally. A simultaneous live stream at www.basicblack.org gives viewers the opportunity to submit comments and questions in real time during the broadcast.

Since 1968, Basic Black (formerly Say Brother) has reflected on the concerns and culture of African Americans through conversations, performances, and short-form documentaries. Basic Black captures the stories and events that illuminate the African American experience in the Boston area and beyond.

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