Talking About Race: Race, Identity, and Sports

The controversies around Colin Kaepernick and widespread protests in the NFL have brought to the surface ever-present tensions, often ignored or glossed over, about the role race and identity play in sports.

Please join Open Society Institute–Baltimore for a panel discussion examining these tensions and how to respond to them with Kevin Merida, the founder of The Undefeated, ESPN’s platform for discussions of race, sports, and culture; Tanisha Wright, a 12-year WNBA veteran who led her New York Liberty teammates in activism supporting the Black Lives Matter movement; and John Angelos, executive vice president of the Baltimore Orioles, who was outspoken after the death of Freddie Gray and the recent NFL protests.


  • Kevin Merida is the founder of ESPN's Undefeated.
  • Tanisha Wright is a former WNBA player and currently an assistant coach at the University of Charlotte.
  • John Angelos is the executive vice president of the Baltimore Orioles.

Note: Richard Lapchick, who was previously scheduled to appear, is no longer able to participate. We apologize for any inconvenience.


This event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP to attend.

Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 7:008:30 p.m.

University of Baltimore Law School’s Moot Court Room, 1401 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21217