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Lee Evans (center) stands on the Olympic podium in 1968

Photo courtesy of: Multicultural Programs

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Olympian Lee Evans in 2008

Photographer: Astrid Barros

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Sports in Africa Conference is April 10

Olympian Lee Evans is among guest panelists


In honor of the 10th annual Sports in Africa Conference, Ohio University has invited two-time Olympic gold medalist Lee Evans to speak as a guest panelist on "survival of the fastest" in the world of black athletes from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Baker University Center Theatre.

Evans, panelist Anthony Frampton and moderator Mariana Dantas will join others to debate whether "survival of the fastest" is a myth, scientific fact or a stereotype, following opening remarks by Michael Johnson.

Evans' record-breaking time of 43.86 seconds in the 400-meter dash in the 1968 Olympics earned him induction into the Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1983. He is a Fulbright Scholar with more than 20 years of teaching and coaching experience.

Other highlights from the conference include a panel discussion with Col. Frank Underwood Jr., at 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 11, in Baker University Center Multicultural Center and the keynote address by Martha Saavedra from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 11 in Baker University Center Theatre.

For a complete listing of events and detailed information on the conference, visit http://www.ohio.edu/sportsafrica/tenyears/.

The Office of Multicultural Programs, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, the Patton College of Education, the African Studies Program, the Latin American Studies Program, the Institute for the Africa Child, the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, the Center for Sports Administration, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and University College sponsor this event. It is free and open to the public.