Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) joined Reverend Dr. Bernice A. King and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young for the Super Bowl LIII coin toss.
Lewis, who represents Atlanta in the House of Representatives, joined the players at midfield where King — Martin Luther King Jr.‘s youngest daughter — tossed the coin.
Los Angeles won the toss but deferred. New England started with the ball.
King tweeted after the toss that the experience was “significant.”
A significant moment. My mission is #JusticeForAll. Humanity is turning the tide and our efforts must include bridge builders, strategic negotiators and ambassadors. #SuperBowl #Atlanta #BuildTheWill #MLK90 pic.twitter.com/TrLfsmzlfX
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) February 3, 2019
Yet, while King saw it is a “bridge builder,” the appearance of Lewis and the other civil rights icons seemed to divide Twitter.
Some felt their inclusion was a “nice touch.”
Reverend Dr. Bernice A. King, Rep. John Lewis, and U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young just did the coin toss. Nice touch. #SuperBowlLlll
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 3, 2019
Others called it hypocritical.
— Rocky Marciano (@MrRockyMarciano) February 3, 2019
John Lewis embodies the spirit of civil disobedience. Great that he and Dr. Bernice King and Andrew Young are at the #SuperBowl2019 but the NFL has trampled on and disrespected everything that these 3 stand for in its treatment of @Kaepernick7. #SuperBowl
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) February 3, 2019
Also during the game, it was announced that the NFL took part in a civil rights tour during the week before the Super Bowl. That tour was led by King.
Watch above, via CBS
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