Dr. Jessica Johnson

Dr. Jessica A. Johnson is an educator, columnist and researcher in Columbus, Ohio whose academic work centers on race and gender issues in sport history and popular culture. Her most recent scholarly article on the rioting that occurred after the 1910 Jack Johnson/Jim Jeffries heavyweight title fight was published in the Encyclopedia of American Race Riots. She has lectured in the Comparative Studies and African American and African Studies departments at The Ohio State University.


Dr. Johnson currently teaches English composition courses in the Communications Skills department at Columbus State Community College. She has been featured as a panelist on WOSU-TV’s Columbus On The Record and is a special correspondent for The Columbus Dispatch and an opinion columnist for The Athens Banner-Herald (Athens, GA).


Dr. Johnson is active in the community through her church, Support Ministries of Jesus Christ, Inc., where she is a musician for the praise and worship team.


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Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947. The new movie '42' highlights some of Robinson's pivotal trials and triumphs during his rookie season.
The University of Kentucky has had nine freshmen selected in the first round of the NBA draft since 2010. While no rules are being broken, the current system does not enhance academics.
HBCU teams that made the NCAA men's basketball tournament have lower graduation rates than many teams from major conferences.
The NBA has become an athletic expression of black masculinity. "Linsanity" could alter the cultural context of the league.

NCAA raises academic standards again

For the 2012-13 school year, NCAA teams must graduate 50 percent of their players to be eligible for post-season play.
The annual report "Keeping Score When it Counts" by Dr. Richard Lapchick shows that black male basketball players at Division I schools continue to lag behind their white teammates.

Examining the image of the Black athlete

Although professional sports has provided many opportunities for African-American athletes and often unified communities across the nation, ESPN's recent town-hall meeting revealed differences along racial lines of how black athletes are viewed.
LeBron James analyzes his legacy as well as the backlash he received in his move to Miami by asking "What should I do?"
Although the overall graduation rates for men's basketball players at the NCAA Division I level have increased, African American athletes still lag behind in the classroom.

Tiger Woods humbled

Professional golfer Tiger Woods' massive impact – not t just on golf, but on sports overall – truly was evident as millions paused to tune in as he read a carefully scripted apology for nearly 14 minutes Friday, February 19, 2010, from the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Florida. There are cultural and commercial implications that affect golf and professional sports overall regarding Woods'apology.