Meeting at the practice facility in Southeast Washington and beginning at Capital One Arena, the Wizards and Mystics marched on Juneteenth to raise awareness for social justice issues.
Friday's march was well-attended with many players from both teams, including Bradley Beal, Natasha Cloud, John Wall, Thomas Bryant and Ish Smith. Wizards coach Scott Brooks and general manager Tommy Sheppard were there as well.
This is what democracy looks like. pic.twitter.com/RanbIJ0VAV— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) June 19, 2020
They marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial where Wall and others read the names of Black men and women who have been killed in interactions with police.
Monumental Sports and Entertainment, the umbrella company that includes the Wizards and Mystics, announced a series of plans on Thursday to combat racial injustice. This march is among several efforts including voter mobilization, donation matching and the creation of a paid holiday for Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is celebrated each year on June 19. It is the anniversary of the ending of slavery in the United States.
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