Sevyn Streeter took to social media to say that she was denied singing the national anthem because “We Matter” is written on her jersey during the Oklahoma Thunder versus Philadelphia 76ers game.
People all over the nation have found ways to make their voices heard in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on larger platforms in a peaceful manner.
24 year-old social worker, Denasia Lawrence also took a knee and revealed her Black Lives Matter T-shirt while performing the national anthem at a NBA pre-season game between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 49ers in Miami on Friday.
Lawrence wrote to her Facebook page stating “right now, we’re seeing a war on black and brown bodies – we’re being unjustly killed and overly criminalized,” she explained.
“I took the opportunity to sing and kneel to show that we belong in this country and that we have the right to respectfully protest injustices against us. I took the opportunity to sing and kneel to show that, I too, am America.”
According to Independent, the Miami Heat released a statement saying they were unaware of Lawrence’s plan during her performance.
In her first interview since the game with SB Nation, she told them that it wasn’t for her but for everyone who couldn’t speak up.
Since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to not stand while the singing of the national anthem, others have fallen in line to stand behind the movement.
Sevyn was hosting a chance to sit with her court side during the third quarter of the game by tweeting the hashtag #SevynSixers, but who knows if that will still continue with fans tweeting about her not being able to sing.
This story is still developing.
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Check out her interview with The Breakfast Club on the next morning about the situation and how the NBA offered her 76ers shirt to wear instead.
Musically, Sevyn is scheduled to release her first album in 2017 named Girl Interrupted.