I chose John Smallwood’s article on the University of Missouri events that was written for the Philadelphia Daily News. The article reminded me of our talk about why history is a very important thing for everyone, especially journalists, to know and learn about. Missouri’s president, Timothy Wolfe, was getting a lot of heat for not fixing what many students, including football players, thought was a racist system at the school. Just this past week, the football players took a stand and demanded Wolfe to resign or they wouldn’t play their next football game. Their head coach backed them in the decision. Ultimately, that led to Wolfe’s resignation.
Smallwood relates the events in Montgomery, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement, one of the most historic times in the U.S., had a much larger but similar goal in mind as the Missouri football players. The actions of the athletes shows how much of an influence they have over a university. When they stepped up, more students and faculty stepped up. This is just one reason why knowing your history can help the country in the long run.
Smallwood, John. “Missouri football protest: swift, nonviolent, effective.” Philadelphia Daily News. November 10, 2015. Philly.com. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20151111_Missouri_football_protest__swift__non-violent__effective.html?hgfkhgf