Players and staff members of the Wizards and Mystics are planning to take action in various ways moving forward in the fight for social justice. Those plans now include a march on Washington this Friday, June 19.
Members of both teams have sent out messages on social media with the time and place. The march will begin at 11 a.m. at Capital One Arena.
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John Wall joined the 'Tuff Juice Podcast' with Caron Butler this week and said they will be marching to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, which is about 2 1/2 miles from the arena.
"We're putting it together. We're not just speaking on this. We're going out there and showing the people what we're about," Wall said.
June 19, also known as 'Juneteenth,' is the anniversary of when slavery ended in the United States. Walking from the arena where they play to the MLK memorial on that day would carry many levels of symbolism.
The Wizards and Mystics have been outspoken in recent weeks during the nationwide protests in support of criminal justice reform. Wall even joined the protestors walking in Washington.
Of that experience, he told Butler: "I wanted to go out there and walk with the people and let them know that I'm with them. I'm standing behind them."
Now the Wizards and Mystics are preparing to show action in solidarity.
"We definitely can't wait to get that march going," Wall said.
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