Ayesha Curry Brings Fans To Front Lines Of Oakland Protests On Instagram: ‘Keep Lining The Streets’

Ayesha Curry took to her Instagram to share a slew of moving images from her time at the Oakland Black Lives Matter protests, encouraging her followers 'to show up however you can and keep showing up.'

Ayesha Curry joined hundreds of protesters in Oakland, CA on June 3, sharing everything she witnessed from the peaceful rally to her Instagram account. In the carousel post, the author, 31, captured the crowds that gathered to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, with many activists listening intently and some even taking a knee to honor George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by police in Minneapolis, MN, on May 25. “Today was filled with many emotions,” Ayesha began the lengthy caption to her post, which you can see below.

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Today was filled with many emotions. On one hand I was overwhelmed with happiness to see my community show up, yet again to fight for what is right. I witnessed people from all different backgrounds peacefully protesting. People out for a jog or walk noticing the crowd and putting their own needs on pause to join the cause and march with us. “The time is always right to do what’s right”(MLK) is what comes to mind. My happiness then became overshadowed with immense sadness and disbelief. I began to come to the realization that we were walking the same streets, the same path and course that we’ve taken time and time again for the championship parades. Celebrating “victory”… streets lined with hundreds of thousands of fans cheering on and congratulating many (and most) of whom are black men. People show up and show out for these moments. While I was appreciative and proud of the crowd that showed to march for justice today, I couldn’t help but wonder where all of these people were now , that just a few years before lined and covered the streets to celebrate in these black men’s successes. Now when black men, when black people need an assist, defense, a team… where is everyone? Where is everyone? I want to encourage everyone to show up however you can and keep showing up. Keep lining the streets, keep filling the feeds, keep informing your friends. We have the power to shift and change things. I promise you in this moment, right now… this is the victory and the celebration you want to be telling your children and your children’s children about. Lastly, please please please vote! We can protest, shout from the rooftops but the missing puzzle piece is the vote. Let’s do it!

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“On one hand I was overwhelmed with happiness to see my community show up, yet again to fight for what is right.” Ayesha described how she witnessed “people from all different backgrounds peacefully protesting,” with some citizens on “a jog or walk noticing the crowd and putting their own needs on pause to join the cause and march with us.” Still, Ayesha held great sadness in her heart, seeing the “victory” street she and her husband, Steph Curry, 32, paraded down with the Golden State Warriors lined with citizens fighting for basic human equality.

“While I was appreciative and proud of the crowd that showed to march for justice today, I couldn’t help but wonder where all of these people were now, that just a few years before lined and covered the streets to celebrate in these Black men’s successes. Now when Black men, when Black people need an assist, defense, a team…where is everyone?” Ayesha pondered in her caption.

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Ayesha Curry and Steph Curry taking a knee at an Oakland Black Lives Matter protest [JOHN G MABANGLO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock].
In closing, the mother-of-three asked her fans and followers to continue taking action against police brutality and systemic racism in any way they can. “I want to encourage everyone to show up however you can and keep showing up. Keep lining the streets, keep filling the feeds, keep informing your friends. We have the power to shift and change things,” she said. She also implored fans to “please please please vote! We can protest, shout from the rooftops but the missing puzzle piece is the vote.”

Ayesha’s post comes as millions across the globe continue to protest and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Throughout Los Angeles, stars like Madison BeerHalsey, Keke Palmer and Harry Styles have joined protesters, while figures like Beyonce and former President Barack Obama have asked activists to stay focused on the goal and vote in upcoming primaries leading to the presidential election in November.

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