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Black Lottery Winner Is Using His Earnings To Rebuild Black Businesses In Florida + Colin Kaepernick Rightfully Receives SI’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

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A black lottery winner is using his coins to revitalize his community in Florida. Get the deets on this reeal-life YBFer and more about Colin Kaepernick being awarded Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award inside…

If you needed a reason to have faith in humanity again, here’s a good one.

A Florida man named Miguel Pilgram won a whopping $52 million in the lottery in 2010. And now, he’s using his newfound fortune to help rebuild his community.

According to Black Enterprise, Miguel is looking to build a real estate empire to rebuild the Sistrunk Boulevard area of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The area was once a thriving community for black businesses and he wants to bring it back. He’s has already purchased three buildings that he plans on turning into restaurants, a jazz lounge, a blues lounge, a center for performing arts, retail and residential space.

The site reports:

Known as the “historical heartbeat of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest black community,” Sistrunk Boulevard runs through the city’s black business district. It was named after James Sistrunk, a black physician who helped establish the first African American hospital in Broward County in 1938. During this time, segregation laws banned African Americans who lived west of the tracks from crossing over to the east side after dark.

“For me, it’s [about] preserving the community as a whole,” Miguel Pilgram told NBC Miami.

We’re here SO here for Miguel using his coinage to better the black community and blocking gentrification in the South Florida neighborhood.

In other good news...

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Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a bold stand (or knee) 16 months ago when he decided to launch a silent protest during the national anthem to make a statement about inequality and social justice, especially about the ways this country “oppresses black people and people of color.”

Since then, the protest against the national anthem has caused Colin to be blackballed from the NFL. But on the flip side, the 28-year-old professional athlete has caused millions of people to examine the social and racial injustices against people of color and has raised awareness about the issues plaguing our community.

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His efforts have resulted in Sports Illustrated to honor him with the 2017 Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. And rightfully so. Each year SI and the Ali family honor a figure who embodies the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy and has used sports as a platform for changing the world.

“I am proud to be able to present this to Colin for his passionate defense of social justice and civil rights for all people,” said Lonnie Ali, Muhammad’s widow. “Like Muhammad, Colin is a man who stands on his convictions with confidence and courage, undaunted by the personal sacrifices he has had to make to have his message heard. And he has used his celebrity and philanthropy to the benefit of some of our most vulnerable community members.”

Since kicking off the national anthem protest, Colin has strongly stood by it despite all of the backlash he has received. Not only did he protest for our rights, he also donated $1 million to several organizations that better the black community.

Colin will be presented with the Legacy Award during the Sportsperson of the Year Awards held on December 5th. Congrats Colin!

By the way, Colin is also GQ's Citizen of the Year. 

 

EXTRAS: 

1. Black lawyer Randall Woodfin has been sworn in as Birmingham mayor. STORY

2. Apple's black diversity chief Denise Young Smith has stepped down from her position. STORY

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