"Sings of Freedom: Examining the Experiences and Contributions of Black Women in Sport"
Akilah R. Carter-Francique (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Prairie View A&M University. To date, her research interests seek to explicate the intersections of race/ethnicity and women in the contexts of sport & physical activity, education, and health. Having a specific emphasis on Black girls and women, Carter-Francique is the co-founder (with Dr. Deniece Dortch) and director of Sista to Sista, a co-curricular leadership development program designed to foster a sense of connectedness amongst Black female college athletes. She has written a number of journal articles and books chapters, presented her scholarship nationally and internationally, and maintains affiliations with organizations to include North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and College Sport Research Institute (CSRI).
About the Cheryl J. Cohen Lecture Series
This lecture series is provided to Western Illinois University through an endowment from Cheryl J. Cohen, Professor Emeritus. The lecture series is the first endowed lecture series for the College of Education and Human Services and the Kinesiology Department. It is scheduled to occur every fall and kicked off its inaugural year in 2008. The focus of the annual Cohen Lecture alternates between exercise physiology and sport psychology.