January 30, 2023 – The Doug Williams Center (DWC) is proud to announce the launch of its third annual Black History Month campaign, called #28BlackStories, on February 1, 2023. This online campaign is intended to highlight the uncommon stories of living Black leaders in sports and give audiences a closer look at how these individuals have been contributing. Each day in February, DWC will highlight a different Black sports influencer on its social media platforms along with interviews and articles highlighting some of their work.
“Doug Williams set a unique stage for excellence, impact, and achievement as an athlete, a coach, an NFL Administrator, and HBCU Legacy Bowl owner,” said Brandon A. Logan, Executive Director of The Doug Williams Center. “We believe that acknowledging the impact that Black leaders are having in each of these categories creates synergy that shapes the future of sports. Their contributions are vital to the industry progress and deserve recognition,” said Logan.
During last year’s campaign, the Center focused on Black excellence in sports administration, spotlighting names like Raven Jemison, Executive Vice President, Business Operations at Milwaukee Bucks, and Sola Winley, Major League Soccer’s Executive Vice President and Chief DEI Officer. This February, in addition to the daily highlights on social media, the Center will also publish weekly articles detailing the work of certain individuals of interest as well as live video interviews with those who are doing key advocacy work in sport. Those tuned into the campaign will gain a deeper look into the lives and careers of those whose huge impacts on sports and society deserve more recognition.
“Our audience is tuned in to social advancement in sport and they are particularly likely to amplify the names, voices, and work of the living legends we will highlight during this campaign,” added Raven Thissel, the Center’s Marketing & PR Director. “We are excited to continue to raising awareness about the various types of advancement work already taking place in sports and how the general population can support it.”
Follow The Doug Williams Center on social media to stay updated on the campaign and to learn more about the trailblazers being highlighted throughout the month of February. Join “The Huddle” at dougwillaimscenter.com to receive monthly updates on social advancement in sport and exclusive access to events.
About the Doug Williams Center
Founded in 2020, The Doug Williams Center exists to build an ever-growing network of solutions for diversity and inclusion in collegiate and professional sports. The Center is a learning commons and advancement space for audiences to examine the history of race and politics in American sports and build holistic perspectives on the cultural impact to provide resources for ongoing social progress. A hub for academic research and development, The Doug Williams Center is an affiliate of Grambling State University.