Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African American Studies, Africana Women's Studies, and History

First Advisor

Daniel Black, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Drew Brown, Ph.D.


Exploitation of African-American male athletes is one of the results of integrating collegiate sports. Predominately White Institutions’ infatuation with the athletic prowess of black men has become a societal norm. African-American student-athletes make up a majority of these revenue-generating athletic teams. Universities have shown that they are willing to achieve fame even at the academic exploitation of their black student athletes. Since integration there have been multiple cases of academic malfeasance of athletes. Select universities want to utilize the utility of Black male bodies but are not interested in expanding their minds. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be used as an example in this study. Since the 1960s, scholars have assessed this problem within collegiate sports. This thesis adds to previous research and can assist universities across the country that are committed to solving the dilemma of black athletic exploitation and reforming this oppressive model.