Derrick E. White
Published June 7, 2017
Updated April 17, 2021

Derrick E. White is a professor of history and African American and Africana studies at the University of Kentucky. His work examines the political languages of inclusion and exclusion about race, class, gender, and sexuality. Specifically, he focuses on how Black organizations in the 1960s and 1970s wrestled with the emerging contradictions and continuing problems in the post-civil rights era.

His book Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football (2019) chronicles the development of black college football in the 20th century through the biography of coach Alonzo “Jake” Gaither and the history of the football program at Florida A&M University. He is co-host of The Black Athlete Podcast, and recently contributed chapters to Sporting Congregations: The Foundation of Black College Football and Teaching Black College Sports History: Beyond a Narrative of Integration.

Expertise: African American civil rights, sports and race, social justice and racial politics, Black college football, post-civil rights era, Black power organizations, Black athletes

Location: Lexington, Ky.


Twitter: @blackstar1906

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