People united in peaceful protest at San Francisco's Gene Friend Recreation Center in SOMA on Saturday afternoon, winding their way through the city, with basketballs dribbled en route, to the basketball court at the Hayes Valley Playground. The colorful court, recently revitalized in 2019 by the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation and painted by local artist Apexer, served as a fitting endpoint for those who walked the route with ball in hand.

The event, dubbed "Speak Up and Dribble: Supporting the Black Community Outside the Lines," gave a positive spin to the scathing quote Laura Ingraham leveled at LeBron James for speaking about politics in 2018, and drew a number of basketball fans along the route. The group paused at City Hall on the way to Hayes Valley, kneeling for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, in honor of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody on May 25.

“[Basketball] is more than just playing and putting the ball through the hoop," said Geno Ramos, who helped organize the event. "There’s a huge community outside the lines and we wanted to activate that community through basketball for the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Photographed in San Francisco, Calif. for SFGATE.

Text by Dianne DeGuzman.

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