AP Photo/Cal Sport MediaWNBA president Laurel J. Richie
Today we honor Martin Luther King Jr., who fought for equality for all people. And, according to a 2012 study by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the WNBA is well on its way to realizing King’s dream. The "Racial and Gender Report Card" calls the WNBA the "industry leader for all professional sport" when it comes to diversity. In 2011, WNBA president Laurel J. Richie became the first woman of color to become president of a pro sports league. Ten women and seven people of color had some ownership positions on a WNBA franchise in 2012. And among its players in 2012, 74 percent were African-American.