BOWIE, Md. – The 5th Annual Social Justice Alliance Symposium on Pursuing Racial and Social Justice in Sports will be held at 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2023 at Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, Dionne Warwick Theater, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie, Maryland.
The event is hosted by the Social Justice Alliance, a collaboration between Bowie State University (BSU), the University of Maryland (UMD), and the 2nd Lieutenant Richard Collins III Foundation, which was created in honor of the legacy of BSU alumnus 1st Lt. Richard W. Collins III, who was killed in 2017 by a UMD student.
This year’s symposium builds upon the legacy and momentum of the Social Justice Alliance by exploring the intersections of social justice and athletics.
A panel discussion will address racial injustice and inequity and help participants develop tools and strategies to advance racial justice and healing.
The panel will include former collegiate and professional athletes including Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes, former NBA player and social justice advocate Etan Thomas, WNBA star Marissa Coleman, sports journalist and Washington Post commentator Kevin Blackistone, professional volleyball standout Rainelle Jones and former Bowie State track athlete Zion Tayler. Panelists will discuss a myriad of topics ranging from women in sports, Title IX and pay inequality.
An administrators panel including Bowie State President Dr. Aminta Breaux, University of Maryland President Dr. Darryll J. Pines, Bowie State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Clyde Doughty, University of Maryland Head Football Coach Michael Locksley, University of Maryland Athletic Director Damon Evans and Bowie State Head Women’s Basketball Coach Shadae Swan will also address the gathering of students and individuals from the community at the symposium.
For more information or to register for the symposium, visit https://bowiestate.edu/academics/special-initiatives/bsu-umd-social-justice-alliance/events/take-a-knee.php