November Blackademics Interview: World Cup Champion Lilian Thuram

Last week I had the honor of kicking it with one of the world’s most accomplished soccer players of our time, Lilian Thuram. However we didn’t discuss his 1998 World Cup or EURO 2000 Championship victories, his 140-plus career caps or his legacy as one of the best defenders, ever. Instead we took a tour of Durham and talked about the legacy of enslavement on Durham County’s 30,000 acre Stagville Historic Plantation (a former prison/home to over 900 enslaved Africans). Afterward we visited the “seedlings” of Durham’s revolutionary non-profit eco-organization SEEDS (Southern Eastern Efforts Developing Sustainable Spaces). Thuram was in town as a guest in residency at Duke University and a panelist in Dr. Laurent Dubois’ Soccer Politics series. Our interview takes place in the car, on the way from SEEDS back to his hotel. A special thanks goes out to Dr. Dubois who graciously arranged and translated the entire interview as well as to Ryan and Nadira Hurley of Durham’s eco-fashion botique Vert & Vogue for making this interview possible. Check out the interview here, or watch the youtube below. Enjoy!

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Published on November 15, 2009 at 11:33 pm. Post A Comment.
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