The Sacramento Kings are partnering with Black Lives Matter Sacramento and Build. Black. Coalition an activist group formed in honor of Stephon Clark , whose death at the hands of Sacramento police has led to protests that prevented fans from getting inside Golden 1 Center, in hopes of transforming the community by investing in black youth, the team announced Thursday.
The Kings announced late Wednesday they will set up an education fund for Clark’s two young children, co-sponsor a forum in south Sacramento on Friday night and work with the fledgling Build. Black. Coalition “to support the education of young people and to provide the workforce preparation and economic development efforts” in a multiyear effort. The new coalition includes organizations such as Black Lives Matter’s Sacramento chapter.
The Kings are also creating an education fund for Clark’s two kids.
“This fund cannot fix the issues that led to the death of their father,” said a news release from the Coalition. “But it will secure opportunities for their future while the family and the city grapples with healing.”
The Build. Black. Initiative consists of a group of activists fighting for social and racial justice. As further investment in their community, the Kings have pledged a multi-year partnership with Build. Black. Coalition “to support the education of young people and to provide the workforce preparation and economic development efforts needed to truly #BuildBlackFutures.”
Kings players Vince Carter and Garrett Temple and retired guard Doug Christie are scheduled to appear at an event titled “Kings and Queens Rise: A Youth Voice Forum for Healing” at 5 p.m. Friday at South Sacramento Christian Church. Sacramento Area Youth Speaks will then lead an intensive writing seminar at 5:30, according to the release.
Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg issued a statement Thursday sending praise to the partnership between the Kings and Build. Black. Coalition.
“I love that the Kings have joined the Build.Black coalition and are stepping up to provide an education fund for Stephon Clark’s children in addition to commuting to new investments in Sacramento’s African-American youth,” Steinberg said, via The Sacramento Bee.
“It is clear to me and I know the Kings that there remains a huge gulf between the exciting Sacramento renaissance and the daily struggles experienced by so many in our communities, especially communities of color. The Kings actions are a real step towards addressing those underlying issues and connecting the excitement and vitality in downtown to our neighborhoods, which is exactly what motivated me to run for mayor.“
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive delivered a speech to fans after the first game was delayed last Thursday.