(CBS Local) – CBS Sports announced Monday that the network is devoting five hours this Sunday, September 6th, to a special program that will focus on the experience of black athletes and the intersection of racism with sport and society in the United States. The special, titled Portraits In Black, is hosted by James Brown of The NFL Today and is dedicated to stories compiled by CBS Sports to describe the history and struggles of black athletes in sport in America.
Airing from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, the five-hour programming will include three documentaries, followed by additional commentary on recent happenings in the country with CBS Sports Connected specials.
CBS Sports will present a full day of programming devoted to continuing the conversation about racism in sports and honoring the stories and struggles of black athletes.
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"Portraits In Black offers a retrospective and an up-to-date overview of the civil rights struggle as it played out in the world of sports," Brown said in a statement. “This day of programming provides a backdrop and context for today's racial struggle and continued efforts towards equality from the athlete's perspective. This day is also our endeavor to nurture the conversation in a deep and meaningful way, reinforcing and highlighting historical inequalities with some familiar stories, as well as highlighting lesser-known athletes and their equally important experiences. If we really listen and listen to one another, we hope that this day will be a long and meaningful road to understanding and healing. "
The five program hours are divided as follows:
1-2p.m. ET-Forward Progress: The Integration of SEC Football
2-3 o'clock in the morning. ET- The Black 14: Wyoming Football 1969
3-4 in the morning. ET Althea & Arthur
4-5 p.m. ET-CBS Sports Connected: What it means to be me
5-6pm ET-CBS Sports Connected: The American Dream
Progress Forward: The SEC Football Integration tells the story of the SEC football integration efforts that began at the top of the Kentucky government before making their way into the sports division. It documents the experience of Nate Northington and Greg Page, both recruited to play in Kentucky.
The Black 14: Wyoming Footbal 1969 reports on the experiences of 14 Black Wyoming soccer players who tried to peacefully protest against BYU and the Mormon Church's ban on black priests. Head coach Lloyd Eaton fired all 14 players upon learning of their plan to wear black number 14 armbands during the BYU game.
Althea & Arthur tells the story of the well-known tennis player Arthur Ashe and the lesser-known Althea Gibson, who was a pioneer herself and broke the color barrier in tennis and golf for women.
In What It Means To Be Me, a variety of CBS Sports talents are fueling the discussion of systemic racism by exploring topics like education, mental health, parenting, and more through personal stories. And in The American Dream, James Brown, Michelle Miller and Charles Davis take a look at the Black Lives Matter movement through the eyes of coaches and athletes.
The special starts at 1 p.m. EST this Sunday September 6th on CBS.