Kevin Durant expressed his gratitude to Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors for sponsoring a visit of students of Seat Pleasant, Maryland to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
The former MVP admitted that it was his first time to visit the museum in Washington D.C. so he’s seeing it through the eyes of the kids.
“They didn’t have to do that. That means a lot to me, to the community I come from, to the people I grew up around,” he said. “For them to think about me like that shows the type of organization and people we have here.”
The whole museum was closed off for the Warriors on the day of the tour. Even members of the media were not allowed in.
Durant also said that apart from learning the history of African-Americans, the experience of the kids from his hometown to be with NBA players will do wonders for the students, particularly those who live in inner cities.
“They’re going to remember this for the rest of their lives,” he added.
Curry said that they recognize their roles in steering conversations toward topics that America may find uncomfortable. He admitted that the visit was prompted by President Trump withdrawing his invite to the Warriors for a White House tour.
He said that what they hope to impart is that everybody in the country has a voice.
“Rhetoric and hate and general disdain from the top, trying to be divisive, had the opposite reaction that I think it intended,” he said. “We’ve done our part to try to further that message.”
Curry said NBA players understand their influence and are generally conscious about using their power to “just spread love and positivity.”
“That’s been the biggest thing that I’ve noticed in the last year and that’s healthy and that’s what we’re all trying to accomplish,” he added.