Saturday's USL Championship match between Memphis 901 FC and North Carolina FC in Cary, North Carolina, was postponed so Memphis 901 FC players can visit the National Civil Rights Museum in
The museum, located at the site of the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in 1968, explores the history of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact
on American society.
"Due to the suffering and injustices that we continue to see taking place in this country, we felt that this weekend would be best served as a time for reflection and
education rather than for sport," the Memphis players said in a statement. "With this being the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 'I Have a Dream' speech, we are reminded of those who came
before us and forged a path towards racial equality. We strive to continue their work through our united voice.”
The club, whose ownership group includes former U.S. national team
goalkeeper Tim Howard
, issued a statement in which it said its leadership supported the players' decision to "take the time to reflect, react and use their platform to bring awareness and
action to social justice issues in our country."
The USL issued a statement that it respected the decision of the Memphis players to not play the game and will reschedule it.