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Harry Edwards Transcript

Conducted by Nadine Wilmot in 2005, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2010.


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Professor Harry Edwards joined UC Berkeley's department of sociology in 1971. He conducted pioneering scholarship in the area of sociology of race and sport and is also renowned for his involvement in the famous Black Power salute on the victory podium at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Edwards has long been a controversial figure at UC Berkeley. In fact, several of the narrators interviewed in this series point to his 1974 tenure case when discussing curricular transformation and discrimination in hiring and promotion.

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