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LeBron, Man United, FIFA and the world of sport add social media support to #BlackoutTuesday

Pioneered initially by the music business, Blackout Tuesday is a day promoted by activists to observe, mourn and bring about policy change in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

LeBron, Man United, FIFA and the world of sport add social media support to #BlackoutTuesday

#BlackOutTuesday (also known as the #TheShowMustBePaused) was pioneered initially by the music industry via Atlantic Records' Jamila Thomas requesting that social media profiles remain shrouded in darkness on 2 June with organizers anxious that the day represents “a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” through “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change".

The drive was supported by a vast range of global superstars such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Radiohead, Beyonce, New Order along with Apple Music, Live Nation and major and independent record labels across the globe. 

FILE PHOTO: 50th NAACP Image Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, U.S.FILE PHOTO: 50th NAACP Image Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 30, 2019 - Beyonce reacts after winning the entertainer of the year award. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

The world of sport was also anxious to lend its voice in calling for change with football, basketball, governing institutions and media outlets participating in the initiative.

Here's a brief selection of many of the high profile sports personalities and clubs who added their voice to the protest.

Basketball:

LA Lakers

Boston Celtics

Football:

Manchester United FC

Bayern Munich

Governing bodies

FIFA

MLS

Sports personalities

LeBron James

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