Oracle Park has had two decades of opening houses, but Tuesday was different from any previous one. The Giants have spent the past week protesting against systemic racism and using their platform to promote equality, and that was the subject of a 25-minute ceremony before Tuesday’s game against the Padres.
Public broadcaster Renel Brooks-Moon led the ceremony, which included moments of silence for CT civil rights leaders Vivian and Rep. John Lewis, who died this month, and a presentation by “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the black citizen. hymn, by the Stanford Talisman.
“In 1919, the NAACP proclaimed it as the Black National Anthem, because as you will hear, it is a rallying cry for freedom,” said Brooks-Moon. “The song is also a prayer, a protest and a reminder that the struggles of the past are still alive today, and that these struggles must be faced with hope, with courage, with perseverance, with faith.
“This performance is dedicated to the memories of those who have unfairly lost their lives to systemic racism and to all the black leaders who have led the fight for equality and human rights.”
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The Giants also played a video in which Farhan Zaidi, Gabe Kapler and other members of the organization spoke about the movement. “Make no mistake about where we are standing,” Kapler said in the video. “We are going to take action.”
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During the national anthem, Kapler once again knelt, along with Mauricio Dubon, Jaylin Davis, Pablo Sandoval, Mike Yastrzemski, Antoan Richardson, and several other giants.