2011 Shirley Povich Symposium

Washington Redskins 50 Year Anniversary of Breaking the Color Barrier

A half-century ago, two men broke the color barriers in the NFL and the ACC. Those men and an elite panel of sports professionals explored the significance of those milestone in sports history.

The panel included Kevin Anderson (University of Maryland athletic director), Darryl Hill ’65 (the first African American to play for the University of Maryland football team), Bobby Mitchell (the first African-American to play for the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame), Theresa Moore (nationally recognized filmmaker who completed a documentary on the integration of the National Football League for CBS), Paul Tagliabue (retired NFL commissioner), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN “Sportscenter anchor and host of “The Scott Van Pelt Show), Michael Wilbon (ABC¬†commentator, ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” co-host and ESPN.com columnist).

The event was moderated by Maury Povich.