How Patrick Mahomes & Usher’s Super Bowl Spectacle Unveiled a “Moment of Black Excellence”, Historian Discusses

The Super Bowl LVIII was a great day for African Americans. A team led by a black QB, Patrick Mahomes, won the Super Bowl. Not only that, but a black artist starred in the halftime show. If you were to ask author and sports historian, Dr. Louis Moore, this is an anomaly. The professor at Grand Valley State University knows that it’s been difficult for black athletes to simply “stick to sports.”

His upcoming book, titled “The Great Black Hope,” is set to be released in September and delves into the history of the black QBs. In an interview with Ja’han Jones, he broke down the highlights of the book.

Patrick Mahomes and Usher as pioneers

The Super Bowl was truly remarkable, largely thanks to Patrick Mahomes. According to Dr. Moore, “he’s not supposed to have that kind of patience, not supposed to have that kind of confidence in himself”. But he said that when one considers the historical perspective on Black QBs, Mahomes defies expectations with his remarkable patience and unwavering self-confidence.

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Watching Mahomes in action, it’s evident that he possesses these qualities, which played a significant role in the Chiefs’ victory. The author hoped that franchise general managers would see that Black QBs could excel in this role. In the past, this may not have been recognized, but Mahomes exemplifies the epitome of cool and steady play.

And then when you add the halftime show featuring Usher to the mix, it becomes a “moment of Black excellence”. Starting with “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” followed by the stellar performances of Mahomes and Usher, it truly made for a perfect Sunday. Which other players have tried to set an example for other African Americans?

LeBron James’ contribution extends beyond the hardwood court

Dr. Moore cites LeBron James, who often goes underappreciated for his contributions beyond the hardwood court. His efforts in education reform in Akron, ensuring access to college for disadvantaged youth, are commendable. Additionally, James played a pivotal role in the “More than a Vote” campaign, leveraging his influence to promote voter registration and participation. Moreover, James has been outspoken against racial injustice, using his platform to advocate for social change and equality in the face of systemic racism.

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Another unsung hero is Renee Montgomery, a former WNBA player and key member of “More than a Vote.” Montgomery’s involvement was instrumental in the #VoteWarnock movement during the 2020 elections, highlighting her commitment to social and political activism. With another Black QB on the rise in CJ Stroud, could this set a new precedent in Black history?

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