CNN Dialogues Presents "Athletes and Social Responsibility: Expectations in the 21st Century"

Aug. 7, 2014

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The upcoming CNN Dialogues, "Athletes and Social Responsibility: Expectations in the 21st Century," will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will be one of two Dialogues to be held in 2014, and the first Dialogue hosted at the new Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened June 23 in downtown Atlanta.

The Dialogue will focus on the roles and expectations of athletes, coaches and owners in philanthropy, and in bridging racial and cultural divides.

Participants include:

  • Gregory Anthony, former NBA player and CNN political commentator. Anthony is a television analyst for CBS Sports and Turner Sports;
  • Jason Collins, NBA player for the Brooklyn Nets. Collins is the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of the four major American professional sports leagues;
  • Pellom McDaniels III, former NFL player and current faculty curator of African American collections and assistant professor of African American Studies at Emory University;
  • Shannon Miller, former gymnast and U.S. Olympic gold medalist, who helped lead the "Magnificent Seven" to the U.S. women’s first team gold at the 1996 games in Atlanta
  • Natalie Coughlin, swimmer and three-time Olympian. Collins competed in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, earning 12 medals.

The CNN-sponsored event, is presented in partnership with the Center for Civil and Human Rights and Emory's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online; seating is limited and based upon time of arrival. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Center for Civil and Human Rights website.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

CNN Dialogues is a community forum that aims to highlight diverse ideas and perspectives on the most significant issues and events shaping our time. It is a place where we address shared challenges and concerns to foster a dialogue of learning, understanding and hope. Our mission is to come together to analyze and reflect on everything from the arts to the economy, from human rights to health and sexuality. The topics are limitless. We will explore how global events have local impact; and how having a dialogue that bridges our differences will help us collaborate to create solutions and opportunities for a shared future.

Program Contact: Dina Bailey, Center for Civil and Human Rights, dbailey@civilandhumanrights.org