Voices and perspectives

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When I was at the University of Alabama, I would go in the student athlete building to this quiet room to do my work or just chill in between classes or before practice. And everytime I went there, I saw this janitor, cleaning but always smiling. This is the same janitor I spoke about in a previous video. I spoke to this man whenever I saw him. One day in particular, I was on my way to training, and I dapped him quickly because I was rushing, and he yelled out, “Aye son, don’t forget to learn the language.” . . Man, that whole day I kept thinking to myself, “Learn the language? My guy is going mad. He just talking.” The next day I asked him, “ What did you mean by learn the language? You forgot to take your meds today or what?” . . . He laughed and said, “Son, do you know what happened in June 1967?” I said, "No sir, I apologize I don’t." He said, "In 1967, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Lew Alcindor came together to make a point. You know those names because they are in the public eye. But most people forget who was behind them at that same table. You had political and community leaders like Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis Mclinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter and John Wooten. My point is this, true change and impact in this world comes from learning the language of certain institutions and bringing it back to our communities and equipping our people with the right knowledge so each community can be uplifted and spark change from within. Learn the language of the system, son, or spark the brain of someone that will change the system." #keepthefaith #stayhopeful

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STILL!!!! 🤬😢😤

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Eric Garner, 2014.

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