CLEVELAND — As the American people continue to await the results of the counting of votes in the 2020 presidential election, LeBron James has posted a video on his social media platforms paying tribute to the high amount of Black voter turnout.
James launched More Than A Vote earlier this year with the purpose of "combating systemic, racist voter suppression by educating, energizing, and protecting our community in 2020." The organization helped recruit over 40,000 poll workers and was able to get NBA arenas to serve as polling locations, plus offered discounted rides to polling places.
"Let’s go!!!!! Black voters came through...again. Be proud as hell but do not stop! We must stay organized and keep working. We just tipping off. I promise you I’m here for y’all throughout! ✊🏾💪🏾🖤," the Akron native and four-time NBA MVP tweeted on Friday.
In a follow-up tweet, James saluted several women for their role in helping to get out the Black vote, including former First Lady Michelle Obama and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams.
Abrams is among those being credited for helping to spark Joe Biden's surprising performance in Georgia in the presidential election. Biden currently holds a slim lead over President Donald Trump in the traditionally red state as ballots continue to be tabulated.
Michelle Obama's When We All Vote and James' More Than A Vote teamed up last month to provide information, transportation, food, music, personal protective equipment and other support at early voting sites around the country. Mrs. Obama also launched a challenge to encourage more people to vote, announcing more than $1 million in grants and supplies to local partner organizations to host their own activities.