LSU Professor, Coaches help launch national non-profit supporting the advancement of Blacks in sports


A new national non-profit, Advancement of Blacks in Sports, aims to support and assist in the normalization of equal rights and fair treatment of Black people.

Since the death of George Floyd in May, ABIS founder and basketball grassroots coaching legend, Gary Charles, has identified and partnered with a unique collaborative team of leading African American professionals in sports, music, law and business to

“The passing of John Thompson means another American icon has passed away” said ABIS founder and coaching legend Gary Charles in a news release. “One of the best ways to honor him is for us to continue the legacy he started. We have not been fully embraced in the board room, had more head coaching positions and been consistently blocked out of revenues earned through contracts specific to athletics. ABIS seeks to align with student-athletes and other professionals who are willing to use their voices for the betterment of all Blacks in sports.  It’s time for advancement!”

LSU African & African American Studies and Department of Sociology Professor Lori Martin, LSU Women’s Basketball Coach Nikki Fargus and LSU Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Kevin Nickelberry are among the notable African Americans who have formed a new non-profit organization with a mission to connect and inspire people to boldly advocate for racial, social and economic justice for Blacks in sports called the Advancement of Blacks in Sports, or ABIS. ABIS works to foster a culture of equity and inclusion in all aspects of sports. 

“The time for ending racial equity is long overdue. I count it a privilege to use my expertise and experience to co-chair the racial equity research committee and provide data and analyses that support the organization’s mission and goals,” Martin said.  

ABIS officially launched on September 2, 2020. Visit for more information about ABIS.  

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