When people think about the ESPYs, they usually don’t think about activism and the conversation of social injustice, but why not? It’s a way to reach millions of people and inspire a change of perspective.

Last year, Caitlyn Jenner spoke and definitely opened up peoples minds to the LGBT community, and the impact of this year was the same–if not more.

Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, and Lebron James open the awards up with a monumental message on social injustice, specifically the recent killings of black people in America. More importantly, they stressed the importance of getting involved and making a difference.

To continue the conversation, Zaevion Dobson, a 15 year old football player who was shot and killed last year trying to shield 3 girls from gunfire, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. His mother accepted the award on his behalf and said a touching speech on the affects of gun violence and the importance of gun restriction.

See Wade, Anthony, Paul, and James’ full ESPYs speech:

TELL US:  What impact did this year’s ESPYs have on you? Did it make you want to actively make a difference in the black community?