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Spike Lee Hosts a Forum on the Black Athlete

Morehouse to introduce the Director of the Journalism and Sports program

ATLANTA-May 4, 2007-- On Monday, May 7th, Morehouse Alumnus and award-winning director
Spike Lee ‘79 will host an explosive forum on the black athlete. The forum, which will feature some of the biggest names in sports, will focus on the under representation of African Americans in the sports arena. The forum will take place in the Bank of America Auditorium in the Leadership Center Facility on the campus.

In January, Morehouse launched a Journalism and Sports program. The primary goal of the program is to provide Morehouse students with an academic foundation in journalism, with a special emphasis on sports. The program is currently being housed as a concentration within the English department, but will later expand into a minor and ultimately a major. The newly appointed director of the program is long-time sports writer and author Ron Thomas, who will officially take the position on July 1.
“There is a widely disproportionate number of black print journalists and the number of black athletes in major sports,” said Thomas. “I want Morehouse to be the place to come if an African-American male student wants to fill that gap.”

Monday’s panel will feature the following heavy hitters:
Curtis Bunn, Atlanta Journal Constitution, columnist;
Algee Crumpler, Atlanta Falcons;
Jim Brown, NFL Hall of Famer;
William “Bill” Rhoden, New York Times, columnist and author of “40 Million Dollar Slaves;”
Stephen A. Smith, ESPN reporter;
Claire Smith, Philadelphia Inquirer, columnist;
Coach Vivian Stringer, Rutgers Women’s Basketball;
Etan Thomas, Washington Wizards/author;
Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star, columnist; and,
Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat.

Thomas said that this forum is the kind of programming he plans to make available for students as the concentration grows.

“This will give our students an up-close look at the wide range of issues related to black athletes,” he said. “Not only will they hear from award-winning journalists and authors, they also will have an opportunity to hear from coaches and athletes about their day-to-day challenges in the industry.”

The forum is closed to the public, but media are invited to attend. Media planning to attend must be in position by 6:15 p.m.

Media parking will be on Wellborne Street on the Morehouse College campus.

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Posted by at May 3, 2007 11:56 PM

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