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WINSLOW USES HALL INDUCTION TO PLUG AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
Published July 31, 1995
New NFL Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow used his induction speech to make a plea on behalf of affirmative action programs and to "lash out" at opponents of the policy -- one of whom, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, was seated only 30 feet away. Winslow said affirmative action foes "would have you believe that society's playing fields are now level and that we have reached Dr. King's dream of being judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin." Winslow called on African- American stars such as Emmitt Smith, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal to be more active in correcting under-representation in leadership positions in sports. Gingrich said he would contact Winslow this week to meet (Dave Sell, WASHINGTON POST, 7/31). Winslow's work with Precept Sports & Entertainment was highlighted during halftime of ABC's Hall of Fame Game coverage (ABC, 7/29).