Jim Cash Rumors

Jim Cash has witnessed the fight for social justice from the front lines. For decades. When the Celtics limited partner speaks of the Civil Rights Movement, it is with a depth of knowledge and experience dating back to growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, and to his role as a trailblazer. In May 1965, James I. Cash Jr., became the first African-American to accept a basketball scholarship in what was then the Southwest Conference, signing on at TCU.
It’s the start of a longer story that ends on a far brighter note, because every tale with Dr. Jim Cash ends on a brighter note. He maintains an indomitability that is utterly remarkable considering the history he’s seen and lived — but perhaps not surprising when one takes into account that he serves on the boards of major corporations and is professor emeritus at the Harvard Business School, where he was senior associate dean running the MBA program. So while he sees the images of Black people dying at the hands of law enforcement and shudders at the inhumanity, he is heartened by the widespread response from the larger populace.
“Because I’m old enough at almost 73 to have lived as an emerging adult through the Civil Rights revolution in the ’60s,” Cash says, “it’s interesting to me to think about the parallels and the contrasts that are unfolding today versus then. And the thing that jumps out at me most is the composition of the groups that are protesting. This issue has been around forever, long before 1965, so there’s no difference in the underlying issue. But the fact that there’s more visual evidence is without a doubt one of the big distinguishing factors. I guarantee you when people saw the images of what was happening on the bridge in Selma and other things in the mid-’60s, that’s what energized a large number of people to participate that otherwise might have been fairly passive.
“A big difference between the Civil Rights Movement of that era and what’s going on today, for me, is the composition of the folks who are protesting. I would say everything I was involved in was 80 percent Black in the ’60s, and as I look at the composition of the groups that are protesting today in our streets, I’d say it’s flipped. I have been so blown away by how broad ethnically, gender-wise, the composition of the protests has been. It’s one of the things that gives me great optimism about what might be sustained, even though it takes a very long time for real change to occur. I don’t think you can effect real change quickly, but when you get the kind of broad participation and shared understanding that is illustrated by what’s going on today, you know there’s an underlying movement that will play out in local arenas all over the place. It won’t be uniform, but it will be headed in the right direction.”