Editor's note: Early in December, the Sports Business Journal named Ellis Williams '13 to its second class of New Voices Under 30. The publication selected the members of this class for "their entrepreneurial spirit, their willingness to take risks and disrupt an industry, their conviction to lift their voices to advance social causes, their talent to make an impact on their organization, and their ambition to reach greater heights in their respective careers."
Professional golf was once an all-white sport played at all-white clubs and covered by white announcers — often with all Black caddies. But in June, thanks to a video project orchestrated by Ellis Williams ’13, viewers of the Charles Schwab Open saw the action interspersed with powerful perspectives on race, voiced by some of CBS Sports’ top broadcasters.
Williams, a CBS Sports producer, was the point person for a series of video interviews with CBS Sports broadcasters of color. The interviews aired individually as one-minute spots during the tournament, with James Brown providing a final 46-second spot. Online, the segments were stitched together to form one video that plays for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time George Floyd was pinned to the ground by police.
Titled 8:46, the project touches on topics such as the history of oppression, racist experiences, and the American Dream. Williams also poses these challenging questions: Why is the conversation about race uncomfortable? Why do we need to have it? And, where do we go from here?