Black Players for Change is an organization made up of current and former Major League Soccer players whose goal is for racial justice and equality, particularly as it pertains to African American, African Canadian, African Diaspora, and African people.
This week, several positions were filled with familiar faces both to us as soccer fans and to this organization in acknowledging the work they have done already in this organization.
These designations were revealed in a tweet following the election of officials to fill vacant positions. Justin Morrow, formerly of San Jose Earthquakes and Toronto FC, stepped down as BPC Executive Director but assures that he will continue to support their work through his new front office position at Toronto FC.
Co-founder Earl Edwards Jr., a goalkeeper who has played in various levels in the US Soccer pyramid and is currently contracted to New England Revolution, was elected president of the organization.
Black Players for Change have announced new officials
Former Portland Timbers and current Earthquakes player Jeremy Ebobisse was elected vice president.
Additionally, MLS Veteran Quincy Amarikwa, another co-founder, was promoted to Executive Director. He is currently a free agent after his most recent contract with USL Championship side Oakland Roots expired at the end of the 2021 season.
As this organization continues to grow, fans of the sport are encouraged to acknowledge that there are still inequities in this field and in society regarding race and to advocate for those people in your life in any way you can.
Major League Soccer partnered with Black Players for Change for Black History Month, giving a platform for African diaspora players and coaches including but not limited to Gianluca Busio, Ray Gaddis, and Robin Fraser to share their stories. You can show them your support by viewing their content here.
For more information on the work they do, go to https://blackplayersforchange.org and follow them on Twitter at @BPCMLS