Was an honor to be a part of this conference at Harvard University. So many dynamic speakers and panelists this weekend. My part was on Athletes and Activism and I was joined by Bill Rhoden author of 40 million dollar slave and Seth Devale the first white NFL player to take a knee during the National Anthem. Very powerful discussion.
I had the honor of interviewing Kareem Abdul Jabbar in front of a packed auditorium at The National Museum Of African American History And Culture. We talked for over an hour about his new book Becoming Kareem “Growing Up On Amd Off The Court” and my book We Matter “Athletes And Activism”
I had had the opportunity to interview John Carlos on stage at an event in LA with Into Action. Absolutely amazing event. He dropped so many gems and so much knowledge. So much respect for him and the courage he had to take the stance he did.
This group of guys came up to me after my talk at Penn State last night. One hung back and said to me he is not racist but honestly didn’t recognize his privilege before my talk.
I had the opportunity to speak at my high school Booker T Washington in Tulsa Ok to young men from Carver Middle School, McLain High School, and Booker T Washington who are all part of Men Of Power started by Dr Anthony Marshall.
I had the honor of participating in the Circle Of Fathers event for the Trayvon Martin Foundation. It was a powerful event. My heart literally hurts everytime I see Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Here there are still grieving over the fact that their son Trayvon Martin was snatched away from them and they still to this day have not received justice for it, but yet they have turned their tragedy into service.
Last week, author, activist and former NBA player Etan Thomas and the Kinnon Group, in conjunction with Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, held a Fatherhood Panel in Harlem, New York before 6th and 8th graders from the New York Public School District who are considered "at risk."
In other words, they are beautiful black and brown children from economically disadvantaged and disenfranchised backgrounds. Guests were Amare Stoudemire, Styles P, Chris Broussard, and Allan Houston. They electrified the crowd through words of passion, honesty, commitment, and upliftment.
Was part of an amazing basketball clinic in Tulsa Oklahoma. Robbin Vann conducted a day long free clinic for the youth of Tulsa Oklahoma as well as life skills incorporated with the basketball fundamentals.
We had an amazing discussion with the freshmen and sophomore males at Wise High School. Very powerful panel. We talked to them about how important they are and how much they mattered.
I had the honor of speaking to a great group of young people in Tulsa Oklahoma for the 2014 Youth Summit. Young people will listen when you speak honestly to them and let them know that you actually care.