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  • I do want to circle back to the legacy of civil rights icon Dr Martin Luther King Jr assassinated, of course.

  • April 4th, 1968 outside of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • And Coach, I do want to ask you more about this.

  • While you were coaching the Grizzlies, you made a point of with your team touring the National Civil Rights Museum, which is right, built around Glory Motel.

  • What stood out to you the most when you were there?

  • Well, you know, first off, just it's just moves you immediately understanding the significance of what happened in that moment and understanding what it did to our country, what it did to the black community, what it did for black and white relations in our country.

  • And you feel it, the gravity of it as you pass through it.

  • You know, in that moment there, well, it was they let us stand in the spot where he was killed.

  • And for me, I think what broke me down.

  • Waas Here I am a black man.

  • I'm the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, and I'm two generations removed from a sanitation worker from Mississippi who went through Jim Crow, my grandfather.

  • And that is who Dr King was there fighting for was the sanitation workers and for some reason, it overwhelming.

  • It still overwhelms me now to think about just two generations later what we've accomplished, where we are now.

  • And so the best way we can honor him is to pay that forward and continuing to serve and trying to change the world.

  • Yeah, for me that even though I haven't had a chance to tour that just watching you in that moment it gets emotional, especially being a black man from the South, because you see all the trials and tribulations that black people have to go through and what we have to overcome.

  • And it is just so heart wrenching.

  • It's so hard Heart felt that people around the world really now trying to see what is going on in this country, and I know right now everybody wants us to be full force and happened now, because that's the day and age we live in.

  • But it's gonna be baby steps.

  • Just think about it.

  • I just talked about not having MLK Day when I played.

  • Now we have one, you know.

  • Hopefully by the time our grandchildren our Children's Children have this moment it is it is equality.

  • And it's just a moment, you know, we're gonna have to be patient.

  • We're gonna have to work towards it.

  • You know, we're not just gonna sit back and stay silent, cause when you silence, things don't don't happen.

  • So we still got to keep our voice and keep that message in front so we can move forward on the celebration of Martin Luther King, of course.

  • Also a celebration of so many men and women who have made so much progress pushing this country forward in the battle for civil rights Clearly still going on today, it's important to recognize just the breath of the movement that there were so many people who put their lives, their families on the line because they change had to come.

  • And we have so much respect for all of them.

  • And it's up to all of us to keep keep their keep doing it.

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I do want to circle back to the legacy of civil rights icon Dr Martin Luther King Jr assassinated, of course.

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