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Chris Paul leads students on march to North Carolina early-voting site

Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul led a march Tuesday to an early-voting site located at a historically Black college where he currently is enrolled in classes.

The event, which included approximately 2,500 participants, was dubbed “March to the Polls Part 2.” The march occurred on the Winston-Salem State University campus.

Paul, a Wintson-Salem native, spent over two hours on campus, and spoke with students and met with WSSU Student Government Association leaders.

“Y’all see the power of having all of you together,” Paul told attendees, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Y’all can really make a difference.”

Paul has long been a tireless advocate for social change, and the league recognized his efforts earlier this month by naming him one of five recipients of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award.

The Thunder star was also among the more outspoken players regarding issues such as voting rights, systemic racism and social injustice once the NBA resumed its in the bubble in Orlando, Fla.

While the league was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Paul teamed up in July with longtime pals Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade to launch the Social Change Fund. The organization aspires to “create a pathway for inclusion and success by championing organizations on the ground doing the work” through its grassroots efforts.

The NBA star recently said he believes what can be accomplished through the organization is far more significant than anything he ever does on the court.

As far as Tuesday’s event, Paul laid out the importance of encouraging young people to vote by highlighting “the magnitude of the election and everything that is going on right now,” per an AP report, by way of ESPN.