Art U basketball coach, male player launches NAACP fundraising event-Women’s Basketball World
When protests broke out after George Floyd’s death two weeks ago, Dante Williams, an art college guard, hoped to gain more support against systemic racism. Not only did he find it, he also launched his own initiative.
With the help of Krystle Evans, a female senior executive and female basketball coach, Williams opened a GoFundMe account. “Not just athletes.” All proceeds will be used for NAACP legal defense and education funds.
Williams said: “This is the first time I have done something like this.” “Once I think my voice can do something, I want to do more.”
In the hands of the Minneapolis police, he questioned Art U’s initial silence on killing Floyd. As other colleges and universities posted on social media, Williams has been looking for condemnations about killings and racial injustice.
He said: “I called out the school because I don’t like their quietness on Twitter.”
After Art U tweeted, Evans called Williams and they had a long discussion. The final decision was to start “more than just an athlete”, Evans started, and Williams took over the decision. By the next day, the fund had raised more than $2,000. They plan to continue fundraising activities from June 19 to June 16, to celebrate the holiday of the United States to get rid of slavery.
Evans said: “Dante always has reservations about the issue of racial injustice. Talking to him gave me the idea of acknowledging racial injustice through the platform of athletes and June 16.” “I just helped him structure himself Thought, and started fundraising work, let him quickly start work.”
Evans said that both were struggling to raise funds because a disproportionate number of blacks were arrested or clashed with the police.
She said: “Dante has been calling, texting and posting on social media to get others involved.” “I have been following his leader and a coach of our school who has served as a softball player.”
For Williams, a Compton, nationwide protests about Floyd’s death and police brutality approached his hometown. By the age of 20, he had two terrifying encounters with the police.
The first time was when he was 16 years old, he was walking towards the library. The officer stood up next to him, jumped out of the car and shot. They told him that he fits the description of a man who just robbed a nearby target.
Two years ago, when a police car turned around and stopped them, Williams and a coach got in the car. They stepped into the car, shot and let the two sit in the back seat of the car.
Williams said: “We asked them why they stopped us, they said we were two inches across the crosswalk.”
in a Short filmWilliams said that because of his skin color and tattoos, he was the target.
He said: “I hope this change will bring change not only for myself but for my community.”
Evans said they asked people to donate $6.19 to commemorate June 14. That day they will release a video describing how athletes have always participated in social justice initiatives. After that, they will release the raised funds to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Evans said: “We hope this will also encourage people to re-examine the meaning of June.”
This post is written by Sue Favor