The Shirley Povich Symposium

Date: 
November 2, 2011

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The sixth annual Shirley Povich symposium will be held this year on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. The panel will discuss the anniversary of the integration of the Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football teams, which occured 50 years ago in 1961.  The annual symposium, named in honor of the legendary Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich, brings together leading figures in sports and journalism to debate current topics in sports and their impact on society.

Maury Povich, talk show host and son of Shirley, will be moderating a lively discussion of this milestone in sports history. 

This year's guest panel will feature:

  • Kevin Anderson, the athletic director at the University of Maryland and the former athletic director at the U.S. Military Academy. 
  • Darryl Hill, the first African-American to play for the University of Maryland football team, transferring to Maryland in 1962 from the U.S. Naval Academy and starting his varsity career at College Park in the 1963 integration of the Atlantic Coast Conference. 
  • Bobby Mitchell, the first African-American to play for the Washington Redskins, joining the team in a trade from the Cleveland Browns in 1961. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Theresa Moore, a documentary filmmaker whose upcoming production on the integration of the National Football League will air this fall on CBS.
  • Paul Tagliabue, former Commissioner of the NFL.
  • Scott Van Pelt, ESPN SportsCenter anchor and host of the "Scott Van Pelt Show."  
  • Michael Wilbon, "Pardon the Interruption" co-host, commentator for ESPN and ABC-TV, columnist for ESPN.com, and former award-winning sports columnist for The Washington Post. 

This year's Povich Symposium will also mark the launch of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. To become a member of the Center and receive an invitation to the pre-symposium reception, please click here

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