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LeBron James and other stars form a voting rights group

By Jonathan Martin

NBA 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 in this fall’s presidential election.

“Because of everything that’s going on, people are finally starting to listen to us; we feel like we’re finally getting a foot in the door,” James said in a phone interview Wednesday. “How long is up to us. We don’t know. But we feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference.”

The organization, called More Than a Vote, will partly be aimed at inspiring African Americans to register and to cast a ballot in November. But as the name of the group suggests, James and other current and former basketball stars — including Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose — will go well beyond traditional celebrity get-outthe- vote efforts.

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