Atlanta Activist Says Super Bowl Eases Racial Tension

Thursday, February 02, 2017 Written by 
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Atlanta community activist Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is using his enthusiasm for the game of chess to encourage the NFL to open the Georgia Dome on Super Bowl Sunday, when the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots. 


Hudson is the founder of Be Someone, Inc., an organization that uses chess to teach young people how to make the right moves in life. 


Hudson, a one-time at-risk youth himself, whose life was turned around by the popular board game, said: 


“We have so many differences in our country and community – racial, political, class – that constantly tear us apart. But sports is color blind! Did you see the Dome?” he asks. “People of all colors and persuasions were one during that game. People were high fiving and hugging strangers. We weren’t black and white and brown…. We were all red and black. For a few hours and now a few days, we are united by a team, a football team!”


Hudson continued his plea. “The NFL will generate more goodwill than they can ever imagine if they show some heart and allow our beloved Dome to open its doors one last time for football at its very best. The world will join us as we dance together in the city ‘too busy to hate.’”


The Georgia Dome's football existence has come to an end.  The Atlanta Falcons will move to Mercedes Benz Stadium next door. 


The 3-time world speed chess champion believes in making opportunity and then capitalizing on it. His message to young people is simple… “Heads up, pants up, grades up,” and now, “Rise Up!”


Super Bowl LI will be televised on FOX, Sunday, Feb. 5 at 3:30 PST.  For more details about Orrin Hudson or his Be Someone organization, visit


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