A former professional quarterback and social activist will be the guest speaker at Mount Allison University's Speaker's Series on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
SACKVILLE, NB (Staff) - A former professional quarterback and social activist will be the guest speaker at Mount Allison University's Speaker's Series on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Former National Football League and Canadian Football League quarterback Donald G. McPherson will speak at Crabtree Auditorium at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no admission charge.
McPherson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988, after a college career at Syracuse
University. During his time at Syracuse he won the Maxwell Award and finished second in the 1987 Heisman Trophy voting.
He also played for the Houston Oilers and for the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Ottawa Rough Riders.
After retiring from football in 1994, McPherson joined the staff of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, before becoming the first executive director of the
Sports Leadership Institute at Adelphi University.
As a social activist he has founded several outreach and mentoring programs, and states that the standard constructions of masculinity and femininity both limit men's emotions and overall well-being as well as contribute to gendered violence. In this capacity he has testified before hearings of the United States House of Representatives.
He now works with athletes, students and young men, to change the culture that cultivates abuse. "This movement is about challenging what men say to each other in all male environments, how we raise our boys, and how we talk about women," MacPherson said.
"Violence against women is a men's issue and men have to confront other men; otherwise, it won't end."
Executive director of the Adelphi Sports Leadership Institute in New York, and a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show, McPherson is not afraid to call himself a feminist.