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Steph hopes celebration of Black excellence becomes commonplace

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Last summer, in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man, while in police custody in Minneapolis, peaceful protests occurred in cities and communities across America.

In the Bay Area, with the 2019-20 NBA season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Warriors star Steph Curry and his wife, Ayesha, took their three kids, Riley, Ryan and Canon, to protests in Oakland and the South Bay.

As Black History Month begins Monday, Curry sat down with NBC Sports Bay Area to discuss a number of topics, including the pride he takes in raising his three young children and talking to them about what is happening around them.

"They listen to everything and how you speak at home, how you hold people accountable in front of them," Curry said. "Even this past year, bringing them to the protests and them asking questions about, you know, 'Who is Breonna Taylor? Who's George Floyd? Why are we here?' Those type of things. Breaking down those conversations with them. It's a very unique experience as a parent to be able to break that down and then hopefully be real with them but also continue to give them hope that we're doing what we can to change the world for them and their generation."

Curry noted that the Black coaches and teachers he had growing up gave him hope and confidence to walk through life.

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The ultimate goal for Curry is for society to celebrate Black excellence and for Black men and women to overcome odds in industries that weren't open to previous generations.

 

"Trying to make Black excellence more commonplace, more of a thing we celebrate on a daily basis, is something, I feel like that tide is changing," Curry said. "It's about celebrating each other and that we all deserve every bit of success that we work for."

You can watch the full Black History Month interview with Curry at the top of this article.