R.E.C. takes the time to congratulate Serena Williams for winning her first round match against Margarita Gasparyan of Russia during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England.
After winning her first round, Serena Williams shared her feelings about the Charleston massacre, calling the June 17 shooting of nine black worshipers by an alleged white supremacist “unspeakably sad,” and recalling how she refused to play in South Carolina while the Confederate flag flew above the state legislature.
In 2000, Williams pulled out of the Family Circle Cup in South Carolina in support of the NAACP’s call for a boycott over the Confederate flag flying above the state house dome.
The flag was eventually moved to a monument in the grounds later that year.
“I wouldn’t go to Charleston until the flag was removed. Once it was, I went there, and only after the Confederate flag was removed,” -Serena Williams
“What happened in Charleston is a tragedy yet again to our country, the United States. It’s really unspeakable how sad it is and how much of a toll it can have. – Serena Williams
“But you just have to continue to have faith, continue to believe, continue to be positive, continue to help people to the best of your ability.” -Serena Williams
Thank you Serena Williams for being an icon who stands for important issues like this. You are an inspiring leader and we hope that the trail of celebrities standing up for what is right will continue.