Each year, America honors the life and service of Martin Luther King, Jr. for his monumental efforts toward ending racial discrimination and promoting equality.
With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 20, Suns.com caught up with multiple Suns players to get their feelings on what the holiday means to them personally.
"It means a lot. It’s one of those holidays where you just give thanks. Years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to play or be where I’m at without him. To be in that situation and set an example for my kids is huge.
"They’ll be able to do what I’m doing one day because of people like him. I’m very, very thankful for it."
"That day means a lot to me. Martin Luther King, Jr. did amazing things for this country and obviously did wonders for the civil rights movement. I wouldn’t be here today and my parents wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him and his belief of how the world should be.
"I’m very honored to be able to use his methods to teach my child how special he was."
"He means a lot to me. He’s a major reason why all of us are here together today. We’re here playing basketball together and we understand that outside of the sport, there are a lot of opportunities we have today that without Dr. King, I don’t know that we would have.
"I’m just happy that we are in a position to be able to celebrate his day and it is something I don’t take for granted."
"Dr. King changed so much in our world and in our communities. If it wasn’t for him, some of these guys on my team today probably wouldn’t be my teammates. Some of the guys that I’ve grown to have relationships with wouldn’t have happened without Dr. King. He’s changed so much not only for my generation and the generation before me, but generations after me. I definitely honor him every year and have the utmost respect for him.
"People ask if you had the chance to meet anyone from any point in time, who would it be – he’s always No. 1 on my list."
"Whether we realize it or not, a lot of the things we are able to do today started with him and his efforts to end racial inequality. I don’t think people truly realize in this day and age how much he did for us.
"We’re so caught up in these other things like social media and the glam and glitter of it all. Sometimes people don’t realize the opportunities we have today came from the sacrifices of others like Dr. King. Being African-American, it means a lot to be a part of it and say thanks to a man who did so much for us."