Nneka Ogwumike participates on panel at Morgan State on women in sports

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With the WNBPA in the beginning stages of what looks to be a contentious CBA struggle with the WNBA, Nneka Ogwumike, as the union’s president, is looking at a plate that will only become more full in the coming months.

That plate also included appearing on a panel at Morgan State where she along Penn State professor Amira Rose Davis and softball player A.J. Andrews where they discussed being an African-American woman in sports. The panel was a collaboration between Morgan State and The Undefeated.

Ogwumike referenced a story where she was at an airport with her Sparks teammates and how they encountered a couple of kids who were overjoyed to see them. She believes that an important part of the conversation is how others need to see issues through another person’s lenses.

There needs to be an awareness of those affected directly like us, there needs to be an awareness of those indirectly affected. Everyone needs to be able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, and I’m seeing that’s the problem.

–Nneka Ogwumike

The panel delved into a lot of areas critical as it relates to race, sport, and gender – from how the black woman athlete is seen in the eyes of society as a whole, to image, to landing endorsement deals as a result of that image.

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