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The Super Bowl, Sports & Civil Rights

On Tuesday, Devin McCourty and several teammates from New England Patriots football team toured the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta.

“With this game, everything is focused on playing Sunday. But when you step back and think about it, what better way to be on this stage, with this platform, but also to get a big dose of what’s really important,” McCourty says in the New York Times. McCourty is one of the leaders of the Players Coalition, a nonprofit formed to improve social justice and racial equality.

The NFL and others have condemned San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players for kneeling during the national anthem at football games.

Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in the Black Power salute when they received the gold and silver medals on the podium during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. The IOC stripped them of their meadows as a result. A few miles from MLK park, a current exhibit features a parabola by conceptual artist Glen Kaino of 144 gold plated casts of Tommie Smith’s arm.

The arc of history bends towards justice.

The City Project and Anahuak Youth Sports Association have long relied on parks, recreation, and sports to bring people together . . .