Maurice Burton, Charlie Reynolds and David Clarke made guest appearances as part of the Advancing Teaching and Learning about Race Equality Conference, held at the university’s Sallis Benney theatre.
The champions were invited to the university by Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, whose exhibition ‘Made in Britain – Uncovering the Life-Histories of Black-British Champions in Cycling’, currently on display at the Grand Parade campus, features the three men. The show closes on 20 December.
Dr Marlon Moncrieffe said: “It was extremely pleasing for me to have these cyclists together in Brighton, with over 100 people in attendance.
“The lives and careers of Maurice, Charlie and David are showcased at Grand Parade through their narratives, photography and memorabilia, alongside five other Black-British champions of cycling.
“A collective history of this kind has never been done before in cycling. The research is ground-breaking for education, history, sports sociology and art. I hope to tour the work around the country in 2019.”
Maurice Burton is the first ever black British cycling champion. He won three titles in the 1970s and represented England in the 1974 Commonwealth Games.