MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Monday, the Memphis Grizzlies hosted the 14th annual Earl Lloyd Sports Legacy Symposium, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.
Prominent leaders and players in the NBA community are sharing stories of their experiences and career in sports.
Some even described how his legacy him shape them. Every year, this game means a lot to the Grizzlies and the Memphis community, but it's more than just a game.
The Grizzlies demonstrated that by hosting what is always a thoughtful conversation with basketball legends.
The NBA's first African American general manager and honoree, Wayne Embry, gave unique perspective on playing in the NBA during segregation.
"Of course it’s very humiliating, and forgive me ladies and gentlemen, I may get emotional now thinking of that back in those days of going with your teammates and sitting in a restaurant waiting to be served and not being able to be served,” Embry said.
WNBA Star and former Lady Vol Candace Parker was asked about the civil rights challenges of today.
"I hope at some point that there's two or three women sitting up here,” Parker said. “That's what I hope. As an African American woman raising a daughter, my definition of what a leader and what a role model looked like didn't always look like me."
The other honorees, former NBA Star Chris Bosh and NBA hall of famer Bill Walton, said the audience what they would ask Dr. King if he was alive today.
"Where do we go to find the courage?” Walton said. “Where do we go to find the light?"
"I would just ask him for advice really on how to move forward as a role model, as a father,” Bosh said.
Those four honorees spoke glowingly about their trip to the National Civil Rights Museum over the weekend.
The four were honored on the court before tip-off.