Ohio State basketball player Seth Towns gave an impassioned speech in the middle of the crowd at Broad and High streets in downtown Columbus Sunday evening.
Leading the crowd in a chant of “We have a voice,” Towns used a bullhorn and said, “Everybody who I love has texted me and said ’Stay out of harm’s way,’ ... but I’m always in harm’s way.”
Hundreds had gathered in downtown for the fourth day following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Towns was detained on Friday while participating in a peaceful protest in Columbus.
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“We have to be true to who we are and our voices,” Towns said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “We have to use those voices to impact people, and there is a huge dilemma in this country right now that needs to be addressed and I won’t shut up. I won’t stop. I will continue to use my voice to speak out for the people who are unheard, and that’s what I did.
Towns excelled academically and athletically at Northland, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, placed second in the NESB National Tri-Math-A-Lon competition, was named to the Super Honor Roll all 16 quarters of high school and served as the Stem Club academic chair as a senior and was a peer tutor.
Towns then graduated from Harvard before opting to return to his home city as a graduate transfer in late March. He has two years of eligibility with the Buckeyes.