LeBron And Friends Opened The ESPYs With A Speech You Need To Hear

September 3, 2016
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September 3, 2016 Editor
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“The urgency to create change is at an all-time high.”

07/13/2016 09:04 pm ET Updated Jul 15, 2016

Read the text, and watch the video (linked below) of the four honoured athletes who articulately and straightforwardly call for all gun violence to end: in particular by police, and in retaliation for police killings of Blacks.

ESPY is short for: Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, and an “ESPY Award” is an accolade currently presented by the American broadcast television network ABC, and previously ESPN, to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony.

an excerpt:

As the broadcast started Wednesday, NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James took the stage silently with their hands folded. No posters behind them. No bells and whistles. No nothing. Just four successful, hard-working black men, pleading with their country for some sanity in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

“The events of the past week have put a spotlight on the injustice, destruction and anger that plague so many of us,” Anthony said. “We cannot ignore the realities of the current state of America.”

“The system is broken,” Anthony added “The problems are not new. The violence is not new. And the racial divide definitely is not new. But the urgency to create change is at an all-time high.”

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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