Activist author Richard Lapchick will speak about business, sports and social change at the Forest Grove campus in Pacific

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Renowned author, ethicist, and activist Richard Lapchick comes to the University of the Pacific’s Forest Grove Campus to discuss “The Power of Business and Sport to Bring about Positive Social Change” at a free public lecture on Tuesday, September 13 at 6 p.m. It will discuss ways to use the tools of sport and business to create opportunities for social justice.

Lapchick is the founder of Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, and founder of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, an organization that combats human trafficking, now known as the Institute for Sport and Social Justice. Lapchick is also the founder of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport.

He has won numerous awards, including the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year, the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award, and the John Carlos and Tommie Smith Social Justice Champion Award. Lapchick, who fought apartheid by leading boycotts against South Africa, in particular the organization of the Davis Cup by this country, was one of the 200 guests personally invited by Nelson Mandela to his inauguration. In 2009, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and the Reverend Jesse Jackson presented him with the “A Lifetime Achievement Award for Work in Civil Rights”.

He has written many books, including 100 Trailblazers: African Americans Who Broke Color Barriers in Sports, Smashing Barriers: Race and Sport in the New Millenium, 150 heroes: the athletes who make this world a better place, and many more. He is also a columnist for ESPN.com and The Sports Business Journal.

Lapchick will speak at the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, near the corner of Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street. His visit to Forest Grove is sponsored by the University of the Pacific College of Business, the Center for Entrepreneurship, Sports and Entertainment and the Office of the President. Although admission is free, please register to attend.

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