Pro football season starts this weekend, and many will watch to see if some players ‘take a knee’ to protest racial injustice. But the practice has spread beyond the football field to unlikely venues. Lezak Shallat has this Perspective.
It's not everyday that I get to feel like an NFL football star. But I had my chance recently when I “took a knee” in front of thousands of people singing the Star Spangled Banner.
The occasion was California Big Sing, a concert in July where 10,000 choristers in five cities across the state sang together via simulcast.
I was one among 2,000 at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall.
The national anthem opened the program, but as the Maestro gave the downbeat, I missed my cue when a tenor in front of me dived into the aisle.
My first thought was that he'd dropped something and was scrambling to retrieve it as the lights dimmed.