57 years ago today, in 1693, Dr. Martin Luther King, in front of 250,000 people, uttered four words that galvanized the world and mobilized generations:
"I have a dream."
The March on Washington was the largest demonstration for human rights in United States history with the goal to enhance employment for African Americans and to further fight for racial equality.
In 2020, the fight continues.
And there's a lot of work left to do.
For my kids and my kid's kids, I hope they grow up in a world where they're treated equal, which is the same thing Dr. King was preaching, the same thing he was fighting for. And where they can get the same opportunity as anyone else regardless of what their skin color is. And be able to be safe-- not have to look over their shoulder and watch their back everywhere they go. I'm very hopeful that it will take place. I'm not sure I'll be around to see it, but I'm hopeful my kids and grandkids will be.
Lillard's teammate, Carmleo Anthony, posted a photo of himself while also sharing a powerful message featuring the Social Change Fund.
Do we need the police? Yes. We need police. But we need them to do their job and we need to hold them accountable. -- Carmelo Anthony on his Instagram account
Anthony is one of three NBA superstars to launch the Social Change Fund this summer including Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade, which set out to "invest in and support organizations, focused on empowering communities of color and advocating for the human rights of All Black Lives."
In his Instagram post, Melo added this quote from Martin Luther King Jr.:
True peace is not the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice. - MLK, Jr.
The NBA playoffs came to a halt Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court in protest of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last weekend. Kenosha is less than an hour's drive from the Bucks' arena. Other playoff games were put on hold, as well. Additionally, the sports world, WNBA, MLS, NHL and MLB all postponed games.
On Friday, the NBA and NBAPA released a joint statement highlighting social initiatives that will be put in place.
- The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors, that will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.
- In every city where the league franchise owns and controls the arena property, team governors will continue to work with local elections officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 general election to allow for a safe in-person voting option for communities vulnerable to COVID. If a deadline has passed, team governors will work with local elections officials to find another election-related use for the facility, including but not limited to voter registration and ballot receiving boards.
- The league will work with the players and our network partners to create and include advertising spots in each NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity.
Dr. Martin Luther King's message continues to reverberate 57 years later. Now, as NBA players continue to try and carry out MLK's dream, they're using their platform to enact change and make the world a better place.
Damian Lillard shares hope for future on March on Washington anniversary originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest