Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has joined forces with Basketball star LeBron James and a number of Black athletes and entertainers in the “More Than A Vote” campaign. This new initiative launched on Monday evening in the wake of ongoing protests and demands for social justice. The goal, of course, is to create change through voting and protect voting rights in the Black community.
“Change doesn’t happen sitting on the sideline,” James tweeted. “Use our site to register and join our fight against voter suppression.”
“More Than A Vote” is partly aimed at voter registration, but also protecting voting rights in Black communities. The website will provide educational tools on registering, where, when and how people can vote. They’ll also provide education on recognizing voter suppression.
“We are Black athletes and artists working together,” the website reads. “Our priority right now is combating systemic, racist voter suppression by educating, energizing, and protecting our community in 2020.”
Mahomes, James and many others want to see change as it relates to voting. They’re providing the resources to help make change possible, but they’re also calling on communities to take action and put in the work to enact meaningful change.
Mahomes is in the midst of planning a local voter registration campaign as well. After speaking out about racism in the NFL’s Black Lives Matter video, Mahomes and Chiefs DB Tyrann Mathieu told the Kansas City media they were developing a voter registration initiative. It would stand to reason that “More Than A Vote” will somehow be involved in what the Chiefs might do in the Kansas City community.