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Spokane-Indianer ehren Bürgerrechtler mit „King Carl“-Kampagne – SportsLogos.Net News

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The High-A Spokane Indians will pay tribute to local civil rights activist and boxing champion Carl Maxey with an alternative brand called the „King Carl Campaign.“ Maxey, who passed away in 1997, was the first African American graduate of Gonzaga Law School and advocated for school integration in Spokane, Washington. He earned the nickname „King Carl“ for his contributions to the civil rights movement and reputation as a brilliant attorney who handled controversial cases, represented conscientious objectors, and fought for social justice.

The concept for the King Carl Campaign was pioneered by the late Sandy Williams, who founded the Carl Maxey Center, a Black-led and Black-focused nonprofit cultural center The Black Lens, an independent community publication focused on the Black community.

„We are excited to introduce the King Carl Campaign as a tribute to a true Spokane icon and champion of equality,“ said Otto Klein, Senior Vice President of the Spokane Indians. „This campaign not only honors Carl Maxey’s contributions to Spokane but also calls our community to come together and promote a more inclusive and just future.“

The brand, created by the successful San Diego design firm Brandiose, was exclusively unveiled yesterday in The Black Lens. The logo features a boxing glove, symbolizing Maxey’s boxing career – he won the national NCAA light heavyweight boxing championship in 1950. The glove is positioned in a clenched fist, alluding to the iconic clenched fist of the civil rights movement.

A crown atop the glove represents Maxey’s nickname, with the crown points in the colors of Green, Yellow, and Red from Black History Month. A tassel hanging from the crown pays homage to Maxey’s academic achievements. Easter eggs in the logo include baseball stitches and a feather taken from the Spokane Indians‘ main logo, incorporated into the glove, as well as the laces of the glove forming Maxey’s initials CM.

In developing the campaign, the team collaborated closely with the Carl Maxey Center, The Black Lens, and Spokane NAACP. The campaign is endorsed by Black community leaders including The Black Lens editor Natasha Hill, Spokane NAACP President Lisa Gardner, and City Council President Betsy Wilkerson.

„Carl’s tireless dedication to advancing civil rights has left an indelible mark on the Spokane community,“ said Carl’s grandson Morgan Maxey. „We are excited to work with the Spokane Indians on this new campaign to honor his legacy and remind us that the fight for equality is never-ending.“

The uniforms will debut on the field on April 19, Jackie Robinson’s birthday, and will also be worn to commemorate Juneteenth on Wednesday, June 19.

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