The latest chapter in the WNBA’s history of shared urgency around social causes was written early Wednesday when Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler was unseated in Georgia

Donald Trump’s incessant jousting with professional athletes, starting with his sensational broadside on Colin Kaepernick in the early days of his presidency, prompted a movement within sports that not only brought attention to social and racial injustice, but gave rise to a mainstreaming of athlete activism not seen since Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul‑Jabbar manned the front lines of the civil rights movement the 1960s.

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