“Speak Up & Dribble” A Basketball Protest at SoMa Rec Center
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Gene Friend Recreation Center | 270 6th St., San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
SPEAK UP & DRIBBLE: WE GOT NEXT is a peaceful protest declaring that Black Lives Matter — Organizing the San Francisco Bay Area Basketball Community to Speak Up and Speak Out against Racism and the Racial Injustice our Black brothers and sisters have faced for centuries.
Speak Up & Dribble: We Got Next is an avenue to Speak Up and Use Your Voice to create change in our community and the country with a peaceful protest supporting Black Lives Matter. While the COVID-19 Pandemic has taken away the courts and hoops from the basketball community in our cities, it will not prevent us from Speaking Up against Racism and Racial Injustice.
All hoopers know that ‘We Got Next’ is a phrase normally reserved for the basketball court, but it is more powerful than that as we support Black Lives Matter and Speak Up against Racism for better change. ‘We Got Next’ is emblematic of the NEXT generation, the youth, who can use their voice to create change.
Basketball is a powerful, unifying force across the globe. We are using that unifying love to defeat racism.
SPEAK UP & DRIBBLE: WE GOT NEXT – Peaceful Protest for Black Lives Matter
WHAT: A Basketball Protest for Black Lives Matter
WHEN: Saturday, June 20th at 2pm PT (Weekend of pre-COVID-19 planned NBA Finals Game 7)
WHO: All are welcome and encouraged to bring a basketball to dribble during the protest route while Speaking Up for Black Lives Matter
Protest Route Starts at 6th Street & Folsom in SOMA District of San Francisco, Calif.
(at Basketball Court with Kobe Bryant Mural)
Protest Route Midpoint at City Hall where we will all kneel together in solidarity for 8 minutes and 46 seconds and to Speak Up against injustice while dribbling.
Protest Route Ends at 598 Linden Street in Hayes Valley District of San Francisco, Calif.
(at Basketball Court remodeled by Kevin Durant foundation and art created by SF native Apex One)