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Millions of people protested around the country on Saturday in the March For Our LIves rallies throughout the country. For Carmelo Anthony, he was unable to attend in his own right due to practice and such but the known activist found his way to help. Anthony teamed up with the city of Baltimore and bussed 4,500 kids from Baltimore, Maryland to Washington D.C. for the march.

“From a national standpoint, yes, I was able to get involved,” Anthony said. “I teamed up with the city of Baltimore. we sent 4,500 kids to D.C. for the march; almost 80 to 90 buses from Baltimore to D.C.”

In the wake of the school shooting that happened in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The national gun debate has risen to new heights. Those students affected by the shooting have taken to the national stage to denounce gun violence and call on politicians to make changes to the nation’s gun laws.

“It’s see how it was unfolded the impact youth have right now,” Anthony said. “It’s a special moment especially for me. I think it is for everybody, to see how powerful the youth is right now.”

Anthony to the untrained eye in Oklahoma CIty may not appear as someone who’s active in any movements but Melo marched in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. He often donates back to the city of Baltimore. He’s been talking about gun violence for years. Just before the season started, Anthony said the most important question asked at Thunder media day was about Puerto Rico recovery efforts.

“I think activism is something you do or you don’t,” Anthony said. “It’s not something you kinda look forward or plan out. It’s something that should come natural. I’ll always be apart of or active when it comes to activism and speaking up when it comes things to do with communities and people that things we go through the day. It’s going to be a natural thing for me.”

Moving words from Anthony, who has taken up the cause like many athletes and celebrities on Saturday. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and actress Gabrielle Union, his wife, donated $200,000 earlier this month to send kids to the march. Bill Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Steve Kerr, Ben Simmons and Kelly Oubre all expressed their support in monetary donations, words of encouragement or actual marches on Saturday. Even Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft paid a plane to fly all those from Marjory Stoneman affected to D.C. for the march.

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