Temple Basketball star J.P. Moorman II has taken on leadership roles on and off of the court.
In a fight against racial injustice, Moorman is making efforts to help unify both his team, and the community surrounding him.
Moorman states, “I think the important thing for me to project onto people is that first you have to start with yourself. You have to look in the mirror and know that you are treating people equally, and with respect.”
Not only is Moorman a representative for the AAC Racial Equality Action Group, he also participated in Black Lives Matter protests during the summer, and designed the team’s pregame T-Shirts with powerful quotes in support of the movement.
His effort in trying to bring awareness to the cause do not go unnoticed. He has the support of his teammates, coaches, and many Temple students. Coach Mckie, coach Clark, and other teammates also were in attendance at the protests alongside him.
Co-captain De’Vondre Perry voiced his admiration and respect for Moorman. “I’m really proud of him. He stuck with it even when someone was telling him no about something he believed in or a change he wanted to make. He was real resilient, and very persistent, he sticks with it. If he wants it, he’s going to go get it and I’m proud of him for it. He’s made an impact on our team.”
Moorman expresses the importance of allies and people who support the movement, raise awareness, and stand up against racial injustice.
“This world is messed up, and it’s our generation’s job to fix it and leave it better for the next generation.”
He is one of many inspiring Temple students who is dedicated to making progress towards equality.