Panthers Past and Present Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Carolina Panthers past and present took to social media in order to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday…
Today, the United States of America celebrates an individual who helped build bridges in an attempt to heal the racial divide tearing at our country. Along with the rest of the nation many Carolina Panthers, both past and present voiced their respect via social media.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 88 yesterday, but despite his premature death his vision for a better tomorrow still remains. King Jr. was a leader, source of inspiration, and activist who worked hard to achieve the rights of many African-American individuals who felt without a voice. Through civil disobedience, King Jr. led demonstrations such as marches in Washington D.C. that still resonate with so many today.
In his famous March on Washington in the summer of 1963, King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech that implanted him into the fabric of modern-American history forever.
Following are a few excerpts from members of the Panthers family.
The Official Carolina Panthers Account
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 16, 2017
Colin Cole, former Panthers defensive tackle
— Colin Cole (@ColinCole91) January 16, 2017
Steve Smith Sr., former Panther and recently retired wide receiver
— Steve Smith Sr (@89SteveSmith) January 16, 2017
Roman Harper, former Panthers’ safety
— Roman Harper (@Harp41) January 16, 2017
Travelle Wharton, former Panthers offensive tackle
Tre Boston, current Panthers safety
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) January 16, 2017
Mike Tolbert, current Panthers’ fullback
Time for everyone to Man Up! Stop the senseless violence. Dr. King believed in us to be better than we are. Better men, husbands, fathers, brothers, sons; no time like the present to make a change for the better. Big or small YOU CAN DO IT!!! God Bless
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Dr. King’s message continues to inspire and provide a sense of hope even nearly 50 years following his death. His legacy remains an inspiration as athletes, celebrities, and the nation paid their respect to the civil rights leader in their own individual ways.
Many of his words still have application in today’s America. Dr. King was not only concerned about the civil rights of African Americans but moral justice for everyone.
You can read a list of other NFL players honor King Jr. here.