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How to Sustain Momentum for the Anti-Racism Movement

By Editors' Choice

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — “I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear.” My old UCLA coach, John Wooden, used to quote that Walt Whitman poem often, and I’ve been hearing its echoes on the streets lately. The people out protesting systemic racism and vowing change are “singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs” about the America that could be — that should be. But in my 60 years of social…

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Smith and Carlos embodied many African Americans' Summer of Love and Reckoning

Smith and Carlos embodied many African Americans’ Summer of Love and Reckoning

By Commentaries/Opinions

Fifty years ago this week, two proud Olympians raised their fists to call attention to social injustices. Their gesture made my heart swell with pride. By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The Guardian — In the summer of 1967, 100,000 fashion-forward and social-forward youth gathered in San Francisco in what has famously been called the Summer of Love. Similar gatherings occurred throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, all in an effort to reject the…

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Colin Kaepernick Is a Hero Muhammad Ali Would Be Proud Of

Colin Kaepernick Is a Hero Muhammad Ali Would Be Proud Of

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sports Illustrated — I have never been prouder to be an American. That might seem like a strange confession in these dark times, when there is so much divisiveness in the country. Every day we are faced with cringe-worthy behavior by our country’s leaders: sexual harassment, enabling hate groups by publicly echoing their messages, the enactment of policies that curtail the constitutionally guaranteed civil rights of the…

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