There has been no one from the world of sport at the forefront of the conversation on race and equality than Malcolm Jenkins. The New Orleans Saints defensive back is a leading social justice speaker and has an impressive background guiding non-profits.
Jenkins is the founder of The Players Coalition, an athlete-led group committed to ending social injustices and racial inequality. He has also written op-eds on issues that intersect with race for prestigious publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, and, most recently the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Now, Jenkins has an even bigger platform to discuss the issues of the day, with CNN hiring him as a contributor specifically to talk about social justice. The magnitude of the opportunity to continue to ignite change is not lost on him.
"I want to thank CNN for their thoughtful leadership in viewing professional athletes beyond their sport as another educated voice who brings a varied perspective and value to the network's programming and shows," Jenkins said in a statement.
Through his affiliation with CNN, Jenkins will continue to implore people to not stay complacent. He has a clear view of the steps that are needed to take the Black Lives Matter movement forward.
"The groundswell of energy that has been injected into all of us must continue when the protests stop and that includes responsible reporting," Jenkins said. "Now more than ever, the public needs to be educated on the roles of elected positions of power, such as the District Attorney, Police Chief or City Council and how to hold those individuals accountable, especially through their voice and their vote. In an important election year, I'm eager to join the CNN family and share my perspective as a regular contributor."
In addition to the new network gig, Jenkins has another media pursuit as the co-founder of Listen Up Media. He is an executive producer on a documentary due out later this year that addresses black humanity in America.
Jenkins will also continue his work in the local communities he has played in with the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. The organization provides resources for underprivileged youths and other underserved people.
As a keynote speaker, Jenkins most recently delivered the virtual commencement address for the entire Philadelphia Public Schools system. In the nine-minute presentation, he brought up the concerns everyone is feeling due to a currently unsettled world.
Jenkins spoke about how much their voice matters, especially in a city filled with determined people like Philadelphia. He even harkened back to the Eagles Super Bowl win as a way to emphasize the value of working as one.
"Anything worth fighting for takes hard work,” Jenkins said. “When the world told the Philadelphia Eagles that we couldn’t win that world championship, we came together as a team, as a community and a family to battle day in and day out, practice, strength training, watching film, talking to each other, our coaches in meetings every day. And you, our strong Philadelphia community, cheered and supported us to victory."
Jenkins has personally put in the dedication to be successful not just off the field, but also on it. He is a two-time Super Bowl Champion and three-time Pro Bowl selection.
Jenkins began his pro career with the Saints after winning the Jim Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in college football at Ohio State. After five seasons in the Bayou, he earned all of his Pro Bowl trips during five years with the Eagles.
Jenkins resigned with the New Orleans this offseason with plenty of football still to play. Now, in light of the opportunities he has been given, he will have a lot more chances to impact the lives of others too.
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