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The Meaning of Obama: NBA embraces new leader’s message
There is a symmetry to Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday in Washington, coming the day after Dr. King’s federal holiday is celebrated throughout the country. The NBA has made the King holiday one of its signature days of the season, with afternoon games throughout the league and special events held before the game in Memphis, where King was assassinated and where the National Civil Rights Museum was built. The connective tissue between the two, the distance African-Americans have traveled since King’s death, is measured in ways great and small.
“It’s the Jay-Z line,” Jazz center Jarron Collins said. “‘Rosa (Parks) sat, so Martin could walk, so Obama could run, so we all could fly.’”
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends … honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism … these things are old; these things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.
- Barack Obama