“If you listen to black music, if you like black culture…this is your fight too.”
16-year-old tennis star Coco Gauff, the youngest player to rank in the Women’s Tennis Association top 100 list, took to the podium at a Black Lives Matter protest in Delray Beach, Florida with a powerful speech denouncing inaction and silence.
“I’m here to tell you guys that we must first love each other no matter what,” Gauff began. “We must have the tough conversations with our friends. I’ve been spending all week having tough conversations, trying to educate my non-Black friends on how they can help the movement,” she stated. Gauff then went on to encourage listeners to vote. “Second, we need to take action….I’m not of age to vote, and it’s in your hands to vote for my future, my brother’s future and for your future,” she said.