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Lonzo Ball, JJ Redick take the lead in Pelicans’ Social Justice Leadership Coalition

Lonzo Ball, JJ Redick, Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans are taking the next step in fighting all forms of racism in the wake of the recent death of George Floyd, as well as several other acts of oppression that has mired the nation of late. The organization has just announced that they will be establishing a Social Justice Leadership Coalition led by players Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick.

Gayle Benson, owner of the Pelicans as well as the New Orleans Saints, made the announcement via an official press release on NBA.com.

“I stand with [Lonzo Ball, JJ Redick, and Saints LB Demario Davis, who will also be part of the Coalition] and I will rely on their leadership and direction to make sure we are making the most powerful impact we can,” the Pelicans boss said in the statement.

“And I am proud to announce that these three players will join me in a newly created Social Justice Leadership Coalition, within our organization. I welcome any of our other players to join as well. Our goal will be to advocate for issues of change when and where we are able to in black and brown communities. Hopefully our work will be a model for others. They will have my full support.”

According to Gayle, this alliance will look to find and properly implement ways on how to systematically fight against social injustices.

Kudos to the Pelicans here for this beautiful initiative. The importance of protests and people voicing out their anger and desperation in the streets cannot be emphasized more, but equally important are these types of initiatives that aim to spark change by comprehensively analyzing the issues at hand and providing potential tangible solutions for the same.