LeBron James from the Los Angeles Lakers is spearheading a new organization named ‘More Than a Vote,’ which is aimed at supporting African-Americans, and protecting black voting rights.
Some other notable black athletes that are involved in the organization include fellow NBA All-Star Trae Young, WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith and longtime NBA great, Jalen Rose. The group was formed one day after LeBron called out the systemic racism that he said manifested in Georgia’s lengthy voting lines in specific neighborhoods.
“Because of everything that’s going on, people are finally starting to listen to us — we feel like we’re finally getting a foot in the door. How long is up to us. We don’t know. But we feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference,”LeBron James said in a phone interview with The New York Times on Wednesday.
James also stated he would use his high-profile platform on social media to combat voter suppression and would be vocal about drawing attention to any attempts to restrict the franchise of racial minorities. LeBron has always stood out for being more than just an athlete, and this latest feat is his clearest statement in how he wants to be a model for future generations.
Head over to Jonathan Martin’s article at The New York Times for more information.
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