Lawrence reportedly helped organize, will speak Saturday at Clemson demonstration

By NICHOLAS SULLIVAN
Posted 6/11/20

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is doing his part to help lead the charge for change in America.The former Cartersville High star has been one of the leaders in organizing and will be one of the …

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Lawrence reportedly helped organize, will speak Saturday at Clemson demonstration

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is doing his part to help lead the charge for change in America.
 
The former Cartersville High star has been one of the leaders in organizing and will be one of the main speakers during an on-campus demonstration this weekend, according to a pair of South Carolina-based newspapers.
 
The Greenville News reported Wednesday that the student-led protest is anticipated to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday with projections of more than 2,000 people in attendance. Per the report, Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney is expected to introduce Lawrence and running back Darien Rencher as the event's "primary speakers."
 
The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, reported that Lawrence and Rencher were two of the "leaders of the protest," along with linebacker Mike Jones Jr. and wide receiver Cornell Powell.
 
While a significant portion of the demonstration, presumably including Lawrence's speech, will take place at Bowman Field, the Greenville News also reported that a march through downtown Clemson was expected. As such, the city is "planning to block off College Avenue between Highway 93 and Keith Street" during the march, per the report.
 
The demonstration will join a number of protests against systemic racism and police brutality that have happened around the world following the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
 
Days after Floyd's death, Lawrence took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the situation in the country.
 
"There has to be a shift in the way of thinking," he tweeted May 29 from his personal account. "Rational must outweigh irrational. Justice must outweigh injustice. Love must outweigh hate.
 
"If you put yourself in someone else’s shoes and you don’t like how it feels - that’s when you know things need to change."
 
He followed the tweet with another five minutes later.
 
"I’m siding with my brothers that deal, and continuously deal, with things I will never experience," Lawrence tweeted. "The injustice is clear.. and so is the hate. It can no longer be explained away. If you’re still 'explaining' it - check your heart and ask why."
 
In two seasons with the Tigers, Lawrence has twice led an undefeated Clemson team into the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, including a victory over Alabama in January 2019. The presumptive top pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Lawrence won two state championships at Cartersville, compiling a 52-2 record in his high school career.