LeBron James announced that he and other professional athletes are starting a charitable organization . The move was sparked by protests that have swept the United States over racism and police violence after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who was killed last month when a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
The organization, called More Than A Vote, aims to encourage African Americans to register to vote and to show up to the polls for the November 3 elections. The group will also fight against any factors that could contribute to African Americans’ disenfranchisement. “Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we’re also going to give you the tutorial,” James told the Times. “We’re going to give you the background of how to vote and what they’re trying to do, the other side, to stop you from voting.” “We feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference “.