Watch Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe & More Unite Against Racial Injustice at 2020 ESPYS

The five-minute video highlights the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The 2020 ESPYS took place on Sunday and alongside revealing this year’s honorees, the awards show highlighted the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. In a video starring Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, the athletes highlighted the need for continued action in the fight against racial injustice following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black individuals.

Wilson starts off by spotlighting several prominent Black athletes who have been both excellent in their sports and vocal about equality during their respective eras. He shared pertinent details about the legacies of Jackie Robinson (first Black man in major league baseball), Bill Russell (first Black NBA head coach), Muhammad Ali, and Serena Williams, recapping their impact and courage to speak up.

“What if we didn’t know their names? What if they were never part of the conversation,” Wilson asks before transitioning to reflections on Floyd, Arbery and Taylor. “The only thing that must die is racism. Black Lives Matter.”

Fellow athletes Rapinoe and Bird continue the conversation as they join the video, with Rapino stating that it is “important that we keep this dialogue going and this energy alive.” Bird doubles down on the overall sentiment, exclaiming: “Do black lives matter to you when they’re not throwing touchdowns? Grabbing rebounds? Serving aces? If that was uncomfortable to hear good.”

Watch the video above to hear the full message and scroll below to check out the full list of 2020 ESPYS honorees.

For more in sports, read about Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard‘s recent concerns about the NBA’s return.

ESPYS 2020 Honorees

Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award
Nelson Cruz, Minnesota Twins

Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year
Los Angeles Dodgers

Corporate Community Impact Award
Burton Snowboards

Can’t-Stop-Watching Moment
Jackson State Manager Thomas “Snacks” Lee Drills 3

Jimmy V Award for Perseverance
Taquarius Wair, Mesabi Range College

Pat Tillman Award for Service
Kim Clavel, Boxing

Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award by Bristol Myers Squibb
WNBA and WNBA Players Association, Maryam Shojaei

Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award Presented by UFC
The Hilinski Family

Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers

Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award Honorees
Joel Apudo, Batouly Camara, Ally Friedman, Javonn Islar, Elijah Murphy, Chelsea Quito and Niah Woods

Sports Philanthropist of the Year Award
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

League Humanitarian of the Year Award
National Football League

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