News4 is working for you to explore the intersection of sports, racism and social justice in a special broadcast of "Inequality in America" which aired Thursday, Dec. 24.
Current and former athletes, coaches, and newsmakers joined the conversation to examine how sports have helped confront the status quo, break down barriers, and uplift and unify.
The special broadcast included:
University of Maryland Trailblazers
- UMD President Darryll Pines, Ph.D
- Damon Evans, UMD's Athletic Director
- Mike Locksley, UMD's Head Football Coach
News4's Leon Harris spoke with the University of Maryland big three – UMD's school president, athletic director and head football coach – who are all Black. They cover their journey, ‘ally-ship’, reaction to the protests and setting up for the future.
Torrey Smith, NFL Player and activist
News4's Jummy Olabanji spoke with Torrey Smith – an NFL player and part of the NFL’s Players Coalition – about why he’s involved and his work in giving back to underserved communities.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
News4's Aaron Gilchrist took a deep dive into the NMHAAC sports exhibit.
The Durant Center
News4's Tracee Wilkins profiled the Durant Center, home of college track in Prince George's County and the headquarters for all Kevin Durant Charity Foundation programs. She also speak with Kevin Durant’s mother, Wanda.
Jesse Washington, Co-Author of Georgetown Basketball Coach John Thompson's Posthumous Autobiography
News4's Tracee Wilkins spoke with the author behind the powerful new book on longtime Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson and what he meant to the game of basketball, sports and Washington, D.C.
Bill Hamid, D.C. United Player
News4's Justin Finch spoke with a group of Black Major League Soccer players, including Bill Hamid, who have formed a coalition to address systemic racism.
Previous "Inequality in America" specials have explored voting rights in America, discussions on police brutality sparked by an officer's killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and more.