Royce White, who was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft will walk from Minneapolis to Washington DC to reinforce his position with the Head of State as part of his continued efforts for black America following the murder of George Floyd.
White, who has since transitioned to Mixed Martial Arts and will soon make his professional debut, has made headlines nationally since the murder of Floyd in May, by leading thousands in peaceful protests across Minneapolis with 10K Foundation.
The walk will commence at 38th & Chicago (George Floyd Memorial), carrying a message from the Free People of America to the Head of State. The message will be a Declaration of Sovereignty and a Reparations Act. The march will cross the battleground states, through Madison, Chicago, Gary, Akron, Pittsburgh, in a projected 25 days. White hopes to complete the journey by meeting with POTUS regarding a new social contract between the Free People and The State, which will include reshaping the economic infrastructure of Black America.
“This is one of the most important moments in this country’s history,” said White. “My time here in the epicenter of this movement has been fruitful and given me perspective. Before any return to athletic competition, I feel it’s necessary to further expand the scope of my personal contribution and sacrifice toward the issues facing black America,” he added.
The 10K Foundation came together organically when a group of community members in Minnesota orchestrated events of protest, peace, and solidarity shortly after George Floyd was brutally suffocated to death by Minneapolis police officer (Derek Chauvin) on May 25, 2020. This heinous act that was captured on video ignited a string of protests in the Twin Cities and across the country. The 10K Foundation held its first peaceful protest on May 29, 2020, through the streets of downtown Minneapolis. The event was a success, with approximately 8,000 people gathering peacefully to protest without incident. Over the following two weeks, the 10K Foundation organized three more peaceful marches with nearly 50,000 citizens in total participating.
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