MLK Day celebrates the birth and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the most prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement, and a man who protested racial discrimination until his assassination in 1968.
Several NBA games are played throughout the day, and as a result, players use these games as a platform to spread awareness to the importance of this day and the impact Dr. King made.
Though he played last night, Karl-Anthony Towns was one of the biggest voices this afternoon:
“MLK Day is a special day because it shows unity, courage, and strength in a man that wanted equality for every one of us!”
– NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2018
â€œWe must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.â€
Let this day be a reminder to have love for all kinds of people from all walks of life. We should continue to heed his words and try and affect change where we can not only on this day but every day. pic.twitter.com/xseC2Byfyq
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 15, 2018
He even wore special Martin Luther King Jr. basketball shoes for Minnesota’s game last night against the Portland Trail Blazers:
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 15, 2018
Eric Bledsoe wore his own MLK Day kicks:
— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) January 15, 2018
DeMarcus Cousins tweeted out this image:
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) January 15, 2018
And John Wall:
Thank you Dr. King for showing us that our words alone wonâ€™t get the job done. There must be action. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/75wDRuM5gL
— JW-Family Foundation (@JWFamFoundation) January 15, 2018
Anthony Davis is featured on the NBPA #PlayersVoice video, where various NBA players discuss how they would finish the “I Have A Dream” speech in modern society:
– NBPA (@TheNBPA) January 15, 2018
Well done, guys.