Tip News

August 03, 2020

Basketball star LeBron James looks to promote African-American voting rights - Tip News

Basketball star LeBron James looks to promote African-American voting rights

Basketball star LeBron James looks to promote African-American voting rights
'LeBron James is seen in San Francisco in March 2020' - By: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File EZRA SHAW

Basketball star LeBron James announced Wednesday that he and several other professional athletes plan to found a charitable organization to protect black Americans' voting rights, five months ahead of the country's presidential election, The New York Times reported.

The move also comes as mammoth protests have swept the United States and the world calling for an end to hundreds of years of racial discrimination against black people.

"We feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference," James told The New York Times.

The organization, called More Than A Vote, aims to encourage African Americans to register to vote and to show up to the polls for the November 3 elections.

The group will also fight against any factors that could contribute to African Americans' disenfranchisement.

"Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we're also going to give you the tutorial," James told the Times. "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."

James, who has more than 135 million follows across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, said he plans to use social media to denounce attempts to limit voting from racial minorities.

"King James" himself will finance the project, joined by basketball players Trae Young and Jalen Rose, football player Alvin Kamara and comedian Kevin Hart.

The group plans to collaborate with other get-out-the-vote organizations, the newspaper reported, including When We All Vote and Fair Fight.

The initiative comes as the US grapples with renewed anger over racism and police violence after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who was killed last month when a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

James had expressed his own anger on Instagram, posting Floyd's last words "I can't breathe."

The voting movement is not the Los Angeles Laker's first foray into politics. He appeared at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Nor is it his first charitable endeavor: He has offered university scholarships through the LeBron James Family Foundation and even set up a school for third through eighth graders in his home state of Ohio.

James also heads a production studio producing a documentary about the massacre of approximately 300 African Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921.

Short link: https://tipnews.com/u/MTMzMzU4

See also:

Related articles

Milner urges Liverpool to stay focused after title triumph

Milner urges Liverpool to stay focused after title triumph

Liverpool midfielder James Milner has warned his team-mates it would be "criminal" for them to lose their focus after one Premier League title triumph.Jurgen Klopp's side ended a 30-year wait to be crowned English champions in June.Form dipped once the titl

Infantino to 'respect' any ethics committee decision - FIFA

Infantino to 'respect' any ethics committee decision - FIFA

FIFA president Gianni Infantino will "respect any decision by the ethics committee", world football's governing body said Monday after Swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings against him last week. A Swiss special prosecutor has launched proceedings a

'Unsung' Woakes eager to keep England place against Pakistan

'Unsung' Woakes eager to keep England place against Pakistan

Chris Woakes is happy to be an unsung hero but the England paceman says he is as keen as any of his more high-profile colleagues to play in the first Test against Pakistan on Wednesday.The 31-year-old bowling all-rounder was a key figure in England's recent 2



HELLO, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO RATE THIS POST Basketball star LeBron James looks to promote African-American voting rights

Sending comment Close