County of Fairfax, Virginia
The Robert Ames Alden Theatre
at the McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101
Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah
Director of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Former New York Times Columnist William Rhoden Speaks on “Activist Athletes” at McLean’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
McLean, Va.—The McLean Community Center’s 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will feature award-winning sports columnist William Rhoden, who will speak on the timely subject of “Activist Athletes.” The program will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, at The Old Firehouse, which is located at 1440 Chain Bridge Rd. Tickets are $20, $10 for MCC tax district residents.
From John Carlos and Tommie Smith to Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James, brave black athletes have used their fame as a platform for social activism. Rhoden, a former New York Times sports journalist and author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete,” will discuss how those in the sports world fight for social justice.
Rhoden was a frequent guest on ESPN’s long-running Sunday morning show “The Sports Reporters.” In 1996, he won a Peabody Award for Broadcasting for his role as a writer of the HBO documentary “The Journey of the African-American Athlete.” He also wrote the HBO documentary “Breaking the Huddle” about the integration of college football, which won a 2009 Emmy® for Outstanding Documentary Film. Rhoden wrote the critically acclaimed “Third and A Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of The Black Quarterback.” A graduate of Morgan State University, prior to joining The New York Times, Rhoden worked for Ebony Magazine and The Baltimore Sun. He retired from the Times in 2016 and currently hosts the podcast “Bill Rhoden On Sports” and serves as a writer-at-large for blog, “The Undefeated.”
Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. For ADA seating, please contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at email@example.com or call 571-296-8385.
Media Availability: Mr. Rhoden has limited available for telephone interviews. Please contact Sarah Schallern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-744-9343, to make arrangements.
About The Alden
Established in 1975, the Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.
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The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean that presents high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden Theatre is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.