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Daily Beast: Jalen Rose on Teaming With LeBron James to Swing the 2020 Election: ‘Voting Is Like Breathing’

June 26, 2020 | General Latest News Press

The former NBA star turned sports analyst opens up to Robert Silverman about his new voting-rights initiative with King James, speaking his mind at ESPN, and much more.

Updated Jun. 26, 2020 9:39AM ET / Published Jun. 26, 2020 4:30AM ET 
The photo was snapped on June 4, 1967. Behind a podium, a dozen athletes had assembled in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Negro Industrial and Economic Union. Seated in the front row were four of the greatest and, at the time, most famous Black athletes in America: Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (née Lew Alcindor). Five weeks earlier, Ali had made it clear he would not comply with his local draft board to serve in the Vietnam War, citing a religious objection. Stripped of his heavyweight title crown and suspended by boxing, he was staring down the barrel of a possible five-year prison sentence and five-figure fine. 
The original goal of the meeting,

The New York Times: LeBron James and Other Stars Form a Voting Rights Group

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By Jonathan Martin

A new voting rights organization represents LeBron James’s most significant foray yet into electoral politics.

“This is the time for us to finally make a difference,” the N.B.A. superstar said of the new group, which will aim to protect African-Americans’ voting rights.

WASHINGTON — The N.B.A. superstar LeBron James and a group of other prominent black athletes and entertainers are starting a new group aimed at protecting African-Americans’ voting rights, seizing on the widespread fury against racial injustice that has fueled worldwide protests to amplify their voices

UM Alumni Magazine: Fab Academy

April 23, 2020 | Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Latest News Philanthropy

By Steve Friess — Jalen Rose was frustrated. When he began his career in philanthropy in the early 2000s, the former U-M basketball legend and then-NBA pro plunged his own money into a namesake program that granted $10,000 college scholarships to qualified underprivileged students from his native Detroit.
But after eight years, he had managed to award only 38 scholarships, spending $380,000 without making the broader impact he envisioned. “I found myself reaching out to Detroit high schools, trying to get administrators on the phone, begging them to take my scholarship money so that I could give their students an opportunity to go to college,” Rose, x’94, says. “I realized there was a systemic problem.
“If he was going to make a more substantial difference for more students, he’d have to do something bigger, more dramatic. So, in the fall of 2011, he plunged hundreds of thousands of dollars—the exact figure has never been disclosed—into an open-enrollment charter high school on Detroit’s economically challenged northwest side. The focus: preparing students for their post-graduation lives. To date, some 450 graduates, who at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA) are called “scholars,” …