April 14, 1998: Building One America


The story of race relations in America can be viewed through the prism of sports in our country. In many ways, sports has been ahead of the curve when it comes to recognizing that ability and talent, speed and sportsmanship count a lot more on the field than the color of a player’s skin.

- President Bill Clinton
April 14, 1998

Today, President Clinton travels to Houston, Texas to participate in ESPN’s national conversation on race, “Race and Sports: Running in Place?” The town meeting will use sports as a microcosm for examining race related issues that affect other parts of society. Additionally, at a separate event, the First Lady announces an effort by the Anti-Defamation League and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to create community based initiatives against hate.

The President’s Initiative On Race (PIR). The President is leading the nation in an effort to become One America in the 21st Century. To achieve this goal, President Clinton is:

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