RUNNING WHILE BLACK: A Conversation with the Author ALISON MARIELLA DESIR
Join Alison Mariella Desir for a conversation on her new book RUNNING WHILE BLACK: FINDING FREEDOM IN A SPORT THAT WASN'T BUILT FOR US. This book is a searing expose on the whiteness of running, a supposedly egalitarian sport, and a call to reimagine the industry. Balancing the benefits of running in her life against the realities of white supremacy in the sport and in America, Desir realized that the very existence of being a Black runner can hold the power to disrupt the white narrative while also carving out space for Black people. To help make running more inclusive and welcoming to people of color, Desir founded Harlem Run, an NYC-based running movement, and Run 4 All Women, which has raised over $150,000 for Planned Parenthood and $270,000 for Black Voters Matter. Tracing her own experiences within a larger discussion of race and athleticism in contemporary America, Desir offers a thought-provoking counter-history of the sport of running, showcasing for the first time its inherently problematic roots. Bringing inequities to the light alongside her own story of transformation, Desir captures the infectious joy of movement while making an unflinching, inspiring call for change.