Sep 03, 2020
By Kelby Clark
In a special day of programming, the network honors the experience and struggles of Black athletes.
Last week, professional athletes across the U.S. protested the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wis. The collective show of solidarity is a part of a larger history that mostly remains untold—a history CBS Sports invites viewers to explore Sunday during a special day of programming dedicated to the Black athlete experience.
The five-hour programming slate titled “Portraits in Black” and hosted by longtime CBS Sports broadcaster James Brown features a series of documentaries and original shows. The programs highlight how race and racism have been an enduring part of sports and society, with athletes pushing for change and using activism to raise awareness of injustice.
“Sports has always been a platform to elevate social issues,” says Harold Bryant, executive producer and svp of production for CBS Sports. “You can go back to Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympics, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and so many other great athletes who have used the platform for positive results much like the teams and players who are taking a stand today. We wanted to spotlight those stories, many of which remain largely untold.”
"Sports has always been a platform to elevate social issues."
Executive Producer and SVP of production for CBS Sports