The Brooklyn Nets will celebrate Black History Month during all February games at Barclays Center by honoring the worldwide collection of communities that make up the African Diaspora. Each game will have a special focus and include fan activities, elevated game entertainment and more.
The Black History Month games are part of the Nets Unite platform, an annual initiative that seeks to build unity, celebrate culture and foster equity by amplifying the rich traditions of our diverse community.
The celebration tipped off Saturday, Feb. 4, when the Nets took on the Washington Wizards. James Hall and gospel choir Worship & Praise performed both the national anthem and “Lift Every Voice & Sing.” During halftime, the Hampton University Marching Force performed with the Brooklyn Nets Beats Drumline. Several members of the Hampton University Marching Force are Brooklyn-raised and graduates of the Nets Beats Drumline.
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the team honored African culture and its substantial history and cultural influence through food, music and dance. Members of Wula Drum performed at halftime with djembes. The djembe drum, a rope-tuned goblet drum played with bare hands, is originally from West Africa, where it is used to bring people together for many purposes, including to communicate, celebrate and motivate.