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African Americans have not only played, but been an integral part of America’s sports history. With a focus on baseball, basketball, and football, Blacks in Sports: How Well Preserved is The History? Features a moderated discussion with the league players associations’ executive directors. Northwestern University Director of Sports Journalism J.A. Adande, a regular guest on ESPN’s Around the Horn program is joined by the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, Tony Clark; National Basketball Players Association Executive Director, Michele Roberts; and The National Football League Players Association Executive Director, DeMaurice Smith. Special guests include former NBA player Oscar “Big O” Robertson, whose lawsuit led to a change in the NBA’s free agency and draft rules and subsequently higher salaries for players, as well as former NFL player John B. Wooten whose work with the Fritz Pollard Alliance led to increased hiring of minorities in coaching, scouting and front office positions. This animated discussion ends with a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers SportsMakers Advisory Committee. Join in to learn more about what is needed to prevent the loss of this important part of African American sports history.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube 12:00 noon EST on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 as the eighth installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.


Advisory Board

John W. Daniels, Jr.  Chairman Emeritus, Quarles & Brady, LLP
John W. Daniels, Jr. 
Chairman Emeritus
Quarles & Brady, LLP
Earnest Ellison, Jr.  Managing Partner, Ellison Consulting Group, LLC
Earnest Ellison, Jr. 
Managing Partner
Ellison Consulting Group, LLC
Wayne Embry  Retired Basketball Player & Team Manager
Wayne Embry 
Retired Basketball Player & Team Manager
Kathleen Francis  National Board Chair & President, Women in Sports & Events (WISE)
Kathleen Francis 
National Board Chair & President
Women in Sports & Events (WISE) 
Bill Lester, III Retired Auto Racer
Bill Lester, III
Retired Auto Racer
Willy T. Ribbs Retired Auto Racer
Willy T. Ribbs
Retired Auto Racer 
Oscar Roberston  Retired Basketball Player
Oscar Roberston 
Retired Basketball Player
Renee Powell
Renee Powell
Retired Golfer
John B. Wooten Chairmen Emeritus, Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation
John B. Wooten
Chairmen Emeritus
Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation








Date and Time

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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