- According to New York Times, basketball athlete LeBron James announced on Thursday, June 11, 2020 that he, together with other professional athletes are planning to establish a charity to protect black Americans’ voting rights.
- The move also serves as a huge protest that can contribute to ending hundreds of years of racism against black people not just in the United States but in the whole world as well.
According to LeBron James when he was featured in New York Times, they felt like they were getting some ears and attention which gives them the opportunity to make a difference about the majority’s outlook to black people.
The organization called More Than a Vote, aims to encourage and let African American people to register to vote and to show up to the ballots this coming November 3, 2020 elections. The group aims to protect the African American people against any means that may result in revocation of black people’s suffrage. “Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we’re also going to give you the tutorial,” according to James. “We’re going to give you the background of how to vote and what they’re trying to do, the other side, to stop you from voting.” He added.
Since the basketball star LeBron James has more than 135 million followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, he plans to use the social media platform to condemn such attempts to limit voting from racial minorities or the African American citizens in particular.
LeBron James also declared that he himself will provide sponsorship to the project, joined by his co-basketball players Trae Young and Jalen Rose, football player Alvin Kamara and comedian Kevin Hart. Their group plans to conduct a collaboration with other get-out-the-vote organizations (GOTV) – also considered as the indication of effect of the increasing volume of supporters who will vote in the upcoming election.
According to the reports of Los Angeles Times, the primary budget for the said charity will come from LeBron James himself, a business partner of his named Maverick Carter, a music entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine and Paul Wachter who is also considered as a finance and investment adviser of LeBron James. In addition, the latter organization plans to aim for different states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Texas to encourage the struggle against voter suppression.
They initiated the project upon US engagement with the reawakened anger over racial discrimination and police violence after George Floyd’s death. George Floyd was a 46-year-old African-American man who was slain last month, May 2020 when a police officer knelt on his neck for about nine times.
It was said that James had shown his own wrath by posting George Floyd’s last words on his Instagram account saying “I can’t breathe”.
The voting movement is not the Los Angeles Lakers first assault into politics. He was at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during 2016 elections. This project is not his first charitable attempt as well. James has offered university scholarships by means of LeBron James Family Foundation in which he also established a school for third through eight graders in Ohio, his homeland.
James also leads a studio who produces documentaries about the massacre of approximately 300 African American in Oklahoma in 1921.
These desires to help promote equality and sharing by Mr. LeBron James serve as an inspiration to us.