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Pac-12 Networks celebrates Black Pac-12 icons, past and present, and historic moments in a special edition of “Our Stories: Black History Month,” presented by Pacific Premier Bank

Feb 26, 2021
 
Episode, which debuts on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. PT / 6 p.m MT on Pac-12 Network, highlights first Pac-12 all-Black officiating crew, UCLA student-athletes pushing for progress and legacy of iconic Washington State basketball head coach George Raveling
 
SAN FRANCISCO - As Black History Month draws to a close, Pac-12 Networks will debut a special episode of “Our Stories,” presented by Pacific Premier Bank, to celebrate some of the iconic moments and movements of the Pac-12’s past, present and future. “Our Stories: Black History Month” will debut on Sunday, Feb. 28 immediately following the conclusion of the Oregon vs. Oregon State women’s basketball matchup at approximately 5 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. MT.
 
Four UCLA student-athletes are pushing for change through important conversations about racial justice, equity and inclusion as part of the More Than a D.R.E.A.M. (Diversify, Reveal, Educate, Advocate and Motivate) initiative launched in response to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor last summer. Join host Ashley Adamson as she learns more from UCLA women’s basketball student-athletes Michaela Onyenwere, Charisma Osborne, Camryn Brown and Lauryn Miller about the star-studded Bruin Table Talk they coordinated in honor of Black History Month. The conversation featured generations of Bruins greats, including actress Gabrielle Union, broadcaster Cari Champion, former President of the Los Angeles Sparks and current COO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christine Simmons and former NBA standouts Baron Davis and Earl Watson.
 
History was made when referee Michael Mothershed led the first all-Black officiating crew to call a Pac-12 football game this past season, a moment that punctuated a unique and challenging season with optimism and an important step forward on the path toward diversity and inclusion. Adamson is joined by Pac-12 Vice President of Officiating David Coleman, Senior Associate Commissioner for Football Operations Merton Hanks, and several of the officials that were instrumental in making Pac-12 history as Stanford and UCLA kicked off at the Rose Bowl on Dec. 19, 2020.
 
George Raveling cemented his place in history on several occasions throughout his storied career. He was the first Black basketball head coach in what was then the Pac-8, enjoyed an enormously successful career as a college student-athlete, recruiter and head coach at Washington State University, and has been inducted into several Halls of Fame. But the place in history of which he is most proud is the one that saw him stand alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Washington Monument on August 28, 1963. Raveling shares the story of what led him to serve as a member of Dr. King’s security team on that fateful day and the memento he was given that eternally memorializes his place in civil rights history.
 
HOW TO WATCH (also available in HD via the Pac-12 Now app)
 
Our Stories: Black History Month, presented by Pacific Premier Bank
  • Sunday, February 28
    • 5 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. MT, immediately following the conclusion of Oregon vs. Oregon State women’s basketball, on Pac-12 Network
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