Alabama football coach Nick Saban leads hundreds of athletes in Black Lives Matter march
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Hundreds of University of Alabama athletes marched on campus on Monday to protest racial injustice, with football coach Nick Saban seen leading the crowd in photos and videos of the event. 

Athletes were seen wearing "Black Lives Matter" and "Defend Black Lives" shirts and carrying signs during the demonstration, which, according to AL.com, included a march from Mal Moore athletic facility to Foster Auditorium’s schoolhouse door, followed by speeches from Saban and others. 

The schoolhouse door once served as the infamous background of then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace resisting desegregation in 1963.

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“This is something that the team decided to do together as a team, so I’m very proud and supportive of what they are trying to say and in a peaceful and intelligent way. I’m very pleased to be here today,” Saban reportedly said.

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Saban said he has learned a lot from the players during recent calls for racial justice.

“Sports has always created a platform for social change,” Saban said, according to AL.com. “For each of us involved in sports, I think we have a responsibility and obligation to do that in a responsible way and use our platform in a positive way to try to create social change in positive ways.”

The Crimson Tide football team and other campus athletes have been active in recent months in calling for reforms and demonstrating for Black Lives Matter following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans at the hands of police.
 
Monday's demonstration comes as fuel has been added to the flames of protests nationwide over the shooting last week of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. Blake, a Black man, was shot several times in the back at close range while he attempted to enter his vehicle as his three children watched.
 
In June, the football team released a video saying, "All lives can't matter until Black lives matter."

In the video, written by current Alabama left tackle Alex Leatherwood, a group of players and Saban say together, “We are a team, Black, white and brown. Together, we are a family. We are brothers who represent ourselves, our families, our hometowns, our university and our country."