Brooklyn, racism, One Hundred Black Men in NYC, Michael J. Garner, NFL, David N. Dinkins, Strivers Row, Social Justice
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As the world continues to reckon with centuries of racism and oppression, the NFL has issued a public apology to its Black players and condemned racism. It has also announced a new initiative and partnership with The Founding Chapter of One Hundred Black Men, New York (OHBM). 

OHBM promotes empowerment within the Black community, with the goal of eliminating barriers that keep Black people away from sports. As part of its partnership with the NFL, it will be providing scholarships to Black male college students majoring in sports management and sports medicine. Additional scholarships will also be offered, along with invitations to scholars to participate in the NFL experience.

“We find ourselves in an evolutionary moment fighting to survive two deadly pandemics: One is a virus and the other is racism,” David N. Dinkins, New York City’s 106th mayor and OHBM co-founder, said.

The NFL has contributed $250 million to fight racism over the next ten years. While the college scholarship program launched in 2019, it will continue to expand in 2020 to diversify the NFL both on and off the field.

“We look forward to working with the NFL in eliminating barriers to equality. We stand ready to partner with the NFL’s newly announced voting initiative, and increasing diversity in both the front office and ownership,” OHBM President Michael J. Garner said.

We stand united in creating sustainable solutions with the NFL family.”

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Yannise Jean

Yannise Jean is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Her work has appeared in publications like Okayplayer and Well + Good. Follow her on Twitter @yjeanwrites.

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