Community Engagement
2:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

NBA Player Jason Collins to speak during CNN Dialogues: Athletes and Social Responsibility

Jason Collins is the first publicly gay athlete
Jason Collins is the first publicly gay athlete
Credit TheGrio.com

The upcoming CNN DIALOGUES, “Athletes and Social Responsibility: Expectations in the 21st Century,” will be held Thursday, August 21 at 7 p.m. The event will be one of two Dialogues held in the 2014 calendar year, and the first Dialogue hosted at the new Center for Civil and Human Rights – which opened June 23 in downtown Atlanta.

The Dialogue will focus on the roles and expectations of athletes, coaches, and owners in philanthropy and bridging racial and cultural divides.  Participants include:  Gregory Anthony, former NBA player and CNN political commentator.  Anthony is a television analyst for CBS Sports and Turner Sports;  Jason Collins, NBA player for the Brooklyn Nets. Collins is the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of the four major American professional sports leagues; Pellom McDaniels, former NFL player and current Faculty Curator of African American Collections and Assistant Professor of African-American Studies at Emory University; Shannon Miller, former gymnast and U.S. Olympic gold medalist, who helped lead the “Magnificent Seven” to the U.S. women’s first team gold at the 1996 games in Atlanta.

The CNN-sponsored event, presented in partnership with the Center for Civil and Human Rights and Emory University’s James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, will be held Thursday, August 21, from 7:00p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

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Proceeds from the event will benefit the Center for Civil and Human Rights.