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Black Players for Change’s Allen Hopkins: ‘We can eradicate racism in sport’

Athletes, coaches, and staff working within Major League Soccer have joined forces to change the game from within.

Allen Hopkins: ‘No one does sports activism like Black athletes. That should be leveraged.’ Photograph: Morgan Halford

A framed photograph of the Cleveland Summit overlooks the desk of Allen Hopkins as he logs on at work each day. It records the 1967 meeting between Black athletes – Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among them – and politicians to consider and eventually support Ali’s refusal to be drafted into the Vietnam war. That support sent a message – the fight for civil rights is a collective effort.

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