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Fab 5 member Ray Jackson tapped as keynote for Trotter Lecture

January 9, 2017

Fab 5 member Ray Jackson tapped as keynote for Trotter Lecture

Topic: Campus News

Ray Jackson is most famously known for being part of the Fab 5 — the University of Michigan's historic 1991 men's college basketball recruiting class.

But most recently, Jackson's visits to U-M's Ann Arbor campus have been more about discussing the social climate than picking up a basketball. He'll continue that trend Feb. 9, as he delivers the keynote address for the Third Annual William Monroe Trotter Lecture.

Jackson's address, "The Black Male Athlete: Who is He and What is He to You?" is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Robertson Auditorium at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The event is co-sponsored by Trotter Multicultural Center and the Black Business Undergraduate Society.

Ahead of Jackson's visit, on Feb. 8, the groups will show the 2011 ESPN documentary "The Fab 5." The film chronicles the successes and failures of the group as well as the scandal that has followed the program in the 25 years since they first took the court together. The showing will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Trotter Center Lounge.

In October, Jackson joined other Fab 5 members Jalen Rose and Jimmy King in Hill Auditorium for an academic discussion on the group's impact, its place in history and its relationship with U-M. Juwan Howard and Chris Webber, the other two members of the Fab 5, did not attend the discussion.

The William Monroe Trotter Lecture is a public engagement program that aims to make more visible the works of the Trotter Multicultural Center as well as Trotter's legacy as a civil rights activist. 

For more information about the events, contact Jessica Thompson at 734-763-3670 or email jesthoma@umich.edu.