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#MLK50 Essay #2 - Karvis Jones
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work has inspired me in many ways as a professional in sports broadcasting. As
a person who has been fortunate to work in the Memphis and Atlanta TV market for 15 years, I am reminded that my job wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of Dr. King and others who championed for bills like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed segregation in public facilities. The passage of the bill also brought professional sports to The Deep South in cities such as Atlanta, New Orleans, and Miami. As a result, I am able to enjoy the work that I do every evening, bringing fans around the South and Southeast highlights of their favorite NBA team as well as America’s Team, the Atlanta Braves.

I also believe that Dr. King’s legacy led to diversity in the media industry. Thanks to Dr. King’s sacrifice, this nation was able to witness the nomination of the late Dr. Benjamin Hooks as the first African-American to be appointed to the Federal
Communications Commission. Dr. Hooks addressed the needs of diversity in the media landscape in order to provide fairness in coverage of communities of color. I am thankful for Dr. King’s impact on my life every day. His dream continues to live on.

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