Walter Beach III speaks at the 8th Annual Historical Lecture Series
Every year the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center (BNRC) on the African American Male hosts the Historical Lecture Series as a signature program for The Ohio State University's annual United Black World Month celebration. It represents the BNRC’s strong commitment to provide lectures and forums that speak to pertinent matters related to African American males and their place in the world. This year’s featured speaker was Mr. Walter Beach III.
Throughout his life, Walter Beach has had to deal with racism: “Athletics was the first time the word merit had any meaning. A 4.8 40-yard dash is always going to be a 4.8 time.” As the featured speaker at the Bell National Resource Center’s 8th Annual Historical Lecture Series, Mr. Beach recounted his experiences as a child growing up in Pontiac Michigan, as a player on the 1964 Championship Cleveland Browns, and as a part of a group of Black athletes who supported Muhammad Ali as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.
A previous Special Assistant to Cleveland Mayor Carl. B. Stokes, Mr. Beach is currently the CEO of Amer-I-Can of New York, a life skills management program founded by his friend and teammate, Jim Brown. In 2014, Beach authored the book, Consider This, which contains stories that reflect what Mr. Beach considers to be his most profound love lessons.