MIAMI, CMC-CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has paid tribute to the late black American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King.
The CONCACAF president’s tribute to Dr. King came on the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech.
“As a constant inspiration on the front lines of some of the most important human-rights battles of the 20th century, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has paved the way for deep change within our society,” said the CONCACAF chief.
“He had a dream; the dream that we can be something bigger than ourselves; that the ripples of hope can build a bigger wave that will ignite the power to act against injustice.”
Webb’s message, released on the CONCACAF website over the weekend, focused on the power of sport to foster social integration.
He said that the football fraternity has long been committed to social justice and racial integrated, principles which Dr. King strongly advocated.
“We treasure this invaluable heritage and ensure the fulfillment of our commitment to eradicate inequality from our fields,” said Webb.
“Dr. King’s life stands as an inspiratin for change. Our ideas, choices and voices have the power to make a difference. Let’s all stand up against racism and discrimination. Let’s embrace diversity.”
Webb’s message featured in the King Center’s official 50th anniversary “I Have a Dream” programme that included celebrations in Washington D.C. from Aug. 23 to Aug. 28.