Michael Bennett, defensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks, and his wife Pele Bennett will host a benefit and rally for Charleena Lyles, the mentally ill Black mother of four who was killed in a police shooting last month in Seattle.
The event will be held this weekend in Judkins Park and is sponsored by The King County NAACP and the Nonprofit Not This Time. The benefit and rally’s Facebook page says Lyles’s family will also be in attendance.
However, his activism does not stop there. Bennett is also said to be co-writing a book entitled, “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” according to his co-author, sports editor for “The Nation”, Dave Zirin. Zirin says Bennett describes the book as ““the NFL, racism, intersectionality, and athletes being no longer silenced.”
Earlier this year, Bennett participated in a panel entitled Silenced No More: Michael Bennett on Activism and Pro Sports,” which was also moderated by Zirin. Later he told a reporter for the Washington Times Deron Snyder, “I have kids. I want them to look back and say, ‘Daddy was a part of change. He just didn’t sit back and play sports. He really tried to help people.’ That’s my main goal.”
Bennett is also donating all his endorsement money and half of the proceeds from his jersey sales to fund S.T.E.A.M. programs (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) for underprivileged children, funding inner-city garden projects, and investing in initiatives for women. He says his three daughters inspired much of his work.
Bennett also walked away from NFL Israel Delegation, because he said he would not be used while the Palestinian people must continue to remain silent.
Before we kick off the upcoming football season, let’s also salute this brother for the things he is doing now and what is to come.