On this day, 57 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. presented his “ I Have a Dream“ speech in Washington DC. Today, local social activists descended on the steps of City Hall in Albany to call for racial equality and justice.

Members of the advocacy group, “I Can Breathe and I Will Speak”, were out in full force. Group member Leshawn Hawkins says the group is piggybacking off of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech, but that we’ve done a poor job in fulfilling the dream. Jaylen Leach said, “It’s not just the Black community. It’s minorities in general. They are being hunted like deer. We are tired of being tired.“

“Being tired of being tired” is a sediment that has been echoed throughout much of the country for months now. With the murder of George Floyd, and now the shooting of Jacob Blake, Black people are really tired of being tired.

For more than 57 years Black people have been marching and protesting and we still face so much racial discrimination it’s ridiculous. It’s 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, and people are still marching in the streets for racial equality

It’s inspiring to see members of the athletic community come together to use their voices for justice. It is also encouraging to hear them publicly express the fear that Black people have when encountering police officers. We want to teach our children that police officers are here for us just like any other community. Instead, we must teach them how to survive such an encounter.

Entertainers, attorneys, and more politicians also have powerful voices that need to be heard during this time of racial tension.

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