College Park, MD (November 3, 2011) – In honor of the 50th anniversary of black
integration into both the University of Maryland and Washington Redskins football teams, Wednesday night's sixth annual
Shirley Povich Symposium highlighted the history of racism in sports.
Panelists included Kevin Anderson, Michael Wilbon, Scott Van Pelt, Paul
Tagliabue, Theresa Moore, and Mr. Povich's son, Maury Povich.
As a part of this anniversary, Maryland’s Philip Merrill
College of Journalism, home of The National Association of Black Journalists,
announced the creation of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. The center, named for the celebrated
sports columnist and reporter, is being funded from a $1 million gift from Mr. Povich’s children Maury, Lynn, and David. According to
the release, the Center "will be a primary resource for research and debate in
the public discussion of sports and society,” and a launching pad for the next
generation of sports journalists. It will be run by former Post sports editor
In lieu of the occasion, TV talk show host Maury
Povich stopped by NABJ Headquarters with his wife, anchor and reporter Connie
Chung, to say hello. They are pictured above with NABJ staff.