Forum At National Civil Rights Museum Honors MLK’s Legacy, Reflects On Sports And Race

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The commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continued Sunday night, ahead of the MLK Day holiday on Monday. A mixture of current and former NBA players came together off the court to discuss ways they’re leaders off the court for social change.

They also discussed ways of how sports and race intersect in the modern times.

“I love that this generation, not just in the NBA, WNBA, but all sports, are comfortable about speaking out,” said Former NBA All-Star Grant Hill.

“Sports does unite, but once you step outside the lines, what are you really doing to bring positive change outside of your uniform?” said WNBA player Candace Parker.

Memphis Grizzlies player Garrett Temple said to the audience he takes that platform seriously.

“You are obligated to use your platform, to speak about something for someone that doesn’t have that big of a voice that you do,” Temple said.

Afterwards, those on the panel weighed in on Dr. King’s life of achievement on what would have been his 90th birthday week.

“His legacy is alive in everything that we do,” Parker said. “When you say 90 years you realize how young he was when he was going about this change, I think that’s what’s staggering.”

The Memphis Grizzlies helped organize the event and streamed it online. As part of MLK Day Monday, the Grizzlies will play a nationally televised game in the afternoon.

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