Dec 08, 2022

Civil Rights Leader Urged Faith Leaders Trip to Russia to Pray over WNBA Star, Pressured Biden Administration to Bring Her Home

New York, NY (Thursday, December 8, 2022) – Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), released the following statement on the release of Brittney Griner from a Russian prison. The announcement that Griner was on her way home this morning reflects pressure from her family, friends, fellow athletes, and Rev. Sharpton to bring the WNBA superstar home.

“After nine horrific months behind bars, Brittney Griner’s family, friends, and teammates can finally breathe a sigh of relief that she’s on her way home. For months we kept the pressure on President Biden to do everything in his power to bring Brittney home. Today, we gladly applaud the administration for the hard work of ensuring Brittney’s imprisonment finally came to an end. My prayers for her and her family remain as strong today as ever, because her journey is far from over. Brittney returns home with spiritual and emotional wounds that can only heal now that she’s free. I and the ministers who were denied access to see her in Russia look forward to meeting her here, so we can finally pray over her and offer her spiritual guidance. We also continue to pray for the release of Paul Whelan and all U.S. citizens detained abroad.”

About National Action Network (NAN)
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender. 

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