LeBron James Commits $100k To Help Felons Regain The Right To Vote
NBA superstar, LeBron James is putting his money where his mouth is. On Friday (July 24), his “More Than A Vote” initiative committed $100,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to help felons regain their constitutional right to vote. LeBron James announced on Twitter,
“This is a fight about their constitutional right to vote being denied.”
According to Tampa Bay Times, the money is expected to help felons pay court-ordered financial obligations that keep them from completing all the terms of their sentences after they are released from prison. More than 65 percent of Florida voters in 2018 approved a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of felons who have completed their sentences.
LeBron James, who spent four professional years in Florida, winning two championships for the Miami Heat, still has a heart to serve in the state. He retweeted a post about his initiative and added,
If you guys want to learn more about what we’re doing in Florida and how you can help, go check this out tonight.
On James‘ More Than A Vote website, a pronounced phrase stands out on its landing page:
CHANGE ISN’T MADE BY WATCHING FROM THE SIDELINES
LeBron James knows all too well what that means. Though he has been named arguably one of the best basketball players of all time, LeBron James has opted to use his voice, finances and resources for the betterment of black equality, as a whole.
On July 23, during a virtual press conference following a scrimmage with the Dallas Cowboys, James chose to demand justice for Breonna Taylor over talking about basketball. He said,
“We want the cops arrested who committed that crime. Obviously in the state of Kentucky, what’s going down there, I know a lot of people are feeling the same. And us as the NBA, and us as the players, and me as one of the leaders of this league, I want her family to know and I want the state of Kentucky to know that we feel for it and we want justice. That’s what it’s all about. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. And this is a wrong situation that’s going on in my eyes and in a lot of other eyes.”
Breonna Taylor was 26 years old when she was shot and killed in her own home by Louisville, Kentucky police after allegedly executing a search warrant.
What do you think of his $100,000 commitment to help felons vote again?