Barack Obama lauds Jim Harbaugh for getting active in Ann Arbor march
Jim Harbaugh’s willingness to participate in a local anti-police brutality march in Ann Arbor on Tuesday is getting recognition from former President of the United States Barack Obama.
Harbaugh hit the pavement with protesters earlier this week, showing his support to those fighting against police brutality and social injustice. He was one of a handful of Michigan coaches and student-athletes who participated in the movement to help create change across the country.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Obama gave recognition to Harbaugh for his activism and willingness to participate to create change. He says the Michigan football coach has been setting the example for several years now.
“I just saw Jim Harbaugh — the culture of Michigan football marching [Tuesday], that’s not something that was happening five or six years ago,” Obama said. “Jim, I know him and he’s been on the right side of this issue for quite some time.”
Coaches from across college football have released statements and vowed to create more open dialogue among staff and players in wake of the death of George Floyd. But Harbaugh is one of the few who has gotten active in the movement.
Obama wanted to recognize the effort Harbaugh has put in over the years, and reassure everyone that this hasn’t been a one-time thing.