We would like to honor great African-Americans who have played a role in shaping American history. Today, the NFL is comprised of teams with players of all nationalities, races and ethnicities. However, it wasn’t always an inclusive organization. Despite being founded in 1920, Black players were not permitted to join the NFL until 1946. That year, one year before Jackie Robinson made history in baseball, four men broke the color barrier, opening the door for all that have followed. Thank you Woody Strode, Kenny Washington, Marion Motley, and Bill Willis for your bravery; not buckling to the pressure to quit that must’ve felt insurmountable at times.
Ladies of the Empire believes that we are more creative, collaborative and successful by being part of a large diverse community. We are members and allies of the Black community and are inspired by the resilience and courageousness that African-Americans have consistently shown. There is more work to be done to achieve racial equality. We pledge to be mindful, unbiassed and listen to each other to be the change in the world we want to be. We mean it so much, it is in our mission statement:
“LOTE’s mission is to make a positive impact through education, support and hard work on underserved communities and for those of any gender overcoming adversity. We want to be the change in the world that we want to see.
Thank you for playing a role in achieving our mission!