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Watch: Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks guard and former OU star, speaks at Norman rally

Trae Young spoke in front of a hometown crowd Monday afternoon in peaceful protest of racial injustice and the death of George Floyd. 

Young, who grew up in Norman and starred in his one season at OU, addressed a couple hundred protesters at Andrews Park in downtown Norman. 

The Atlanta Hawks All-Star point guard is one of several NBA players who has spoken out in the last week. 

Here's the video and transcript of Young's speech: 

"I'm not used to doing this. I'm not very open about what I see or the things that go on in this world very often. But for me, even though I'm 21 years old, I feel that it was necessary. And this is bigger than me. I feel like this is a big step in the right direction. I grew up here in Norman. Everywhere I go, I try to represent this city as best I can. 

"I know this country is in a messed up place right now. For me, I just think it's important that we all stick together and we stand up for what's right. It's not just gonna take just me. It's not just gonna take just you. It's all of us coming together and doing this as a collective unit. I feel like justice will be served and changes will be made if we all come together. This is us doing it. This is the first step. 

"I'm happy that everybody came out here today and proud to be here. Proud to be from Norman, Oklahoma. I grew up here. And so for me, I didn't wanna come up here and talk too much. But I pray every day that justice will be served for George (Floyd) and his family. Not just him, it's hundreds and hundreds of other people. Breonna Taylor, everybody. It's not just them. This has gotta change. Thank you guys for letting me talk and I just wanna say: no justice, no peace." 

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Norman native and Atlanta Hawk basketball player Trae Young speaks to those gathered  during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd.  [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

Norman native and Atlanta Hawk basketball player Trae Young speaks to those gathered during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-068c9fe8ca5079fb8b39f63bad35a2ba.jpg" alt="Photo - Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-35227e97c92b02ea72881b0a793189fe.jpg" alt="Photo - Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d23e6c2a3477c94354d8043351cc0294.jpg" alt="Photo - Norman native and Atlanta Hawk basketball player Trae Young, right, gathers with others protesters as they carry signs during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Norman native and Atlanta Hawk basketball player Trae Young, right, gathers with others protesters as they carry signs during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Norman native and Atlanta Hawk basketball player Trae Young, right, gathers with others protesters as they carry signs during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f34d95300155794ba11a4c52a185e073.jpg" alt="Photo - Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a8d4b75d45a107f9946386b513044542.jpg" alt="Photo - Norman native and Atlanta Hawk basketball player Trae Young, right, gathers with others protesters as they carry signs during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Norman native and Atlanta Hawk basketball player Trae Young, right, gathers with others protesters as they carry signs during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Norman native and Atlanta Hawk basketball player Trae Young, right, gathers with others protesters as they carry signs during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7cfc72991e35f37fd60f4ccb338de512.jpg" alt="Photo - Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-030a5e81a6ed16fbd3107ecd52f207de.jpg" alt="Photo - Bailey Golden, 8, carries a sign as she gathers with other protesters during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Bailey Golden, 8, carries a sign as she gathers with other protesters during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Bailey Golden, 8, carries a sign as she gathers with other protesters during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2bef8009e6c961f7c5892905a1fbfb09.jpg" alt="Photo - Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-73458f49c3093d51d190939e29cc2d6c.jpg" alt="Photo - Norman mayor Breea Clark speaks to the crowd gathered during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Norman mayor Breea Clark speaks to the crowd gathered during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Norman mayor Breea Clark speaks to the crowd gathered during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0c20e987fa1cadd98336cf04967d45da.jpg" alt="Photo - Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-81807e4fa1d52c53fbb862d6a9662aaa.jpg" alt="Photo - Katie Morgan lowers her head in prayer as she gathers with others during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Katie Morgan lowers her head in prayer as she gathers with others during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Katie Morgan lowers her head in prayer as she gathers with others during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d7afc77738bd431ff3ff8af3bcc7e9ea.jpg" alt="Photo - Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bce2f7934e4e06a8838f82d5fe025090.jpg" alt="Photo - Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Protesters gather with signs that carry their message during a protest at Andrews Park on Monday, June 1, 2020, in Norman, Okla. in response to the death of George Floyd. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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