Lebron’s Call for Female Coaches in the NBA; Oprah’s Visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice; and a Free Screening of “America Divided” on Monday, April 16 at the Regal Theater (LA Live).
Lebron James made headlines by calling for female coaches in the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ superstar was quoted as saying that it was the “same thing with players.” He further explained: “You have different walks and shapes and lives of players, but if you can play, you can play.” For that reason, “[i]t shouldn't matter if you're a male or a female.” Lebron also sang the praises of numerous female sports commentators and journalists, including ESPN’s Doris Burke. While the NBA has yet to have a female head-coach, it sure is great to have a player like Lebron help pave the way. Here at EQ4ALL@LLS, we’re so grateful that Lebron and all of the other NBA upstanders do more than just “dribble”! Go Cavs!!!
Oprah Winfrey – another celebrity known for using her platform to promote social justice -- appeared on “60 Minutes” this week with a sneak peek of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The project flows from the “Equal Justice Initiative,” founded by attorney Bryan Stevenson. The primary focus is to commemorate lynching victims. Located in Montgomery, Alabama, and set to officially open to the public on April 26, the memorial includes 805 steel markers, each bearing the name of a person killed at a result of racial animus. The opening of the memorial will be followed by the opening of The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration.
On a local note, BLSA is presenting a free movie screening of the critically acclaimed “America Divided” at the Regal Theater (LA Live) on Monday, April 16. The tag line is: “In a Divided Country Our Stories Unite Us.” A panel discussion follows. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of attendees.
Editor’s Note: The reference to basketball players doing more than just dribbling is a reference to a previous remark made by Laura Ingraham that NBA players should avoid political commentary and instead “shut up and dribble.”