October 16, 1968 will forever have a special place in my heart, as it is the day I learned how powerful a united voice could be. A united voice, forty-nine years later, that still needs to be channeled through any platform available.

Reminiscing back to that day and seeing what is currently occurring throughout various sport platforms is refreshing and encouraging. It took actually forty-nine years for this thing to mesh, gel and formulate itself. Its formulation, it created vision, courage, and a willingness to sacrifice oneself to make a powerful statement for all individuals, blacks in particular, to have a fair and honest level playing field to achieve goals and education.

It’s a blessing to see so many of these young athletes taking a stand, risking their big multi-million dollar contracts in support of a cause that means so much more than money. Truly standing up for what they believe in hoping to bring about that change. These young athletes are finally starting to realize that it is not about them. It’s about their mothers, fathers, sisters, sons, daughters, uncles, aunties that might have gone through the trials and tribulations that we are currently taking a knee for.

It’s refreshing to see the fruits of our labor go beyond athletics. People in the entertainment field, business world that are willing to step up and let their voices be heard to find the courage within them.

Mr. Kaepernick is one of the key fruits of our labor. Many people still view him in a negative sense but overtime, Mr.Kaepernick’s name will be remembered and spoken in the same high regard as individuals like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Nat Turner, Tommie Smith, Peter Norman, John Brown and myself. Individuals like us who opened the gates to let so many people through that never had an opportunity to be free in their lives.

Earlier on throughout my life I gained a reputation for speaking out against injustices and discrimination. I used to jokingly say “you got 48 hours”, not as a threat, but more as a promise that something would be done to rectify the problem. From an early age I developed a spirit and the courage to speak on behalf of those that could not or did not want to speak in hopes that something would resonate within those that listened to do the same. TO READ MORE CLICK HERE


J OHN CARLOS may not be a name you immediately recognize– but his political demonstration at the 1968 Mexico Olympics has become one of the world’s most instantly recognizable and iconic images of all time.


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