Martin Luther King Rumors

Michael C. Wright: Here’s Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on what Black History Month means to him: “Well, it’s a remembrance, and a bit of a celebration in some ways. It sounds odd because we’re not there yet, but it’s always important to remember what has passed and what is being experienced now by the black population. It’s a celebration of some of the good things that have happened, and a reminder that there’s a lot more work to do. But more than anything, I think if people take the time to think about it, I think it is our national sin. It always intrigues me when people come out with, ‘I’m tired of talking about that or do we have to talk about race again?’ And the answer is you’re damned right we do. Because it’s always there, and it’s systemic in the sense that when you talk about opportunity it’s not about ‘Well, if you lace up your shoes and you work hard, then you can have the American dream.’ That’s a bunch of hogwash.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Day is one of the largest days of volunteerism in the United States. Serving the community is at the heart and core values of the Philadelphia 76ers organization. Across three Days of Service alone, Sixers staff members have totaled over 1,500 hours of volunteering in this fiscal year. With a heavy emphasis on service in the community, the Sixers operate the Project 76 employee volunteer program over the course of the year. This program is a commitment from each Sixers staff member to volunteer 76 hours of his or her time to bettering the community through service.
The Indiana Pacers and Honda Manufacturing of Indiana have teamed up for the Dream BIG initiative, a multifaceted program to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month. The program is designed to celebrate the importance of African-American contributions in history throughout the state of Indiana and the United States. The Dream BIG philosophy teaches others to think beyond current circumstances. It starts with one person choosing to make a change; but depending on the size of the dream, the outcome can benefit an individual, community, country or the world.
This year’s honorees of the 12th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award feature a star-studded lineup of NBA and WNBA greats: Grant Hill, Steve Smith and the second-ever female honoree, Lisa Leslie. All will be honored during the MLK Jr. Celebration Day events, including the newly renamed Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium presented by the Hyde Family Foundations on Jan. 15, for their significant contributions to civil and human rights, and for laying the foundation for future leaders through their career in sports in the spirit of Dr. King.