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Former NBA Player Ray Allen’s Passion for Teaching About the Holocaust Gets Him Sworn Into the U.S. Holocaust Museum Council?
Who knew former NBA star Ray Allen has more passion for teaching others about the Holocaust than most Jewish people? The 10-time All-Star was even sworn into the Board of Directors for the Holocaust Memorial Museum for his dedication to the cause! Check out the details below and let us know what you think….
After former NBA 3-point legend Ray Allen retired in November 2016, the two-time NBA champ picked up something he’d started more than two decades ago: to study, raise awareness, connect cultural lines and advocate for Holocaust history.
It all started at the University of Connecticut in 1993, when a young Allen developed a curiosity about the Holocaust. He began to frequent the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and his education there fueled a full-on passion project. Now he has chosen to lead by example. He encourages those close to him, and anyone who will listen, to learn about Holocaust education through his dedication to the cause.
And now the 41-year-old former shooting guard is on the governing board of the museum where he first found his cause. Officially sworn in Tuesday, four months after being appointed to the position by President Barack Obama, Allen raised his right hand and took the council member’s oath in a ceremony at the museum during Days of Remembrance, the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.
“I am proud to serve in this role and to continue to share the important messages and lessons we all need to remember from the Holocaust,” Allen said in a statement. “I want to inspire people to break down stereotypes, and treat one another — regardless of race, religion or anything else — like family. It’s more important now than ever.”
Ray also had this to say about the obvious slavery question….
The one feedback I got from a lot of people: ‘What about slavery?’ I said, ‘This is slavery. This is slavery. There’s so many different acts of genocide and oppression in the history of the world.’ And I said, ‘The Holocaust is a lesson that we all need to learn so it doesn’t happen again.’ So, I took, from that day forward — every year, whatever team I played on — I would bring them to this museum. -via undefeated
Learning about other cultures is great but this is just strange. Even in our dumbed down society, nearly everyon has at least heard of the Holocaust. The Holocaust is discussed in virtually every history book, there are numerous movies and documentaries on the subject and we’re not sure where he’s going with this campaign. And slavery is NOT the only aspect of black history that needs to be taught! How about spreading the news that we were Kings, Queens, architects and mathematicians way before we were slaves? Ray Allen is officially another black celebrity stuck in a “sunken place” if you ask us but what do YOU think about this?
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