Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

James Reflects on MLK's Legacy

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

James Reflects on MLK's Legacy

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CLEVELAND – Addressing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the Cavaliers' LeBron James said it's his responsibility to keep the conversation about race in America going.

James, who denounced President Trump and insinuated he is dividing the country, said he's not discouraged that, 50 years after King's assassination, the fight for racial equality is still ongoing.

"It's not a sprint, so it doesn't bother me," he said. "It's not a sprint, this is a marathon. You know, the state of racism will never die, but what we cannot do is allow it to conquer us as people. We can't allow it to divide us.

"Like I said, the guy in control has given people and racism, and negative racism, an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear. And that's the fearful thing for us, because it's with you, and it's around every day, but (Trump) has allowed people to just come out and feel confident about doing negative things. …

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