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Jaylen Brown honors late college professor who taught him the importance of activism

"I learned so much from him at Berkeley."

Jaylen Brown. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Jaylen Brown paid tribute to a University of California, Berkeley professor who helped shape him into the activist he is today.

Dr. Hardy Frye, described as a “respected scholar,” “brilliant professor,” and “loving husband and father,” inspired the current Celtics forward when Brown was in college.

“Professor Frye will be missed I learned so much from him at Berkeley he taught me what activism truly is RIP,” Brown wrote.

On the African American Studies & African Diaspora Studies portion of the university’s website, Frye is referred to as “a professor of sociology with a research emphasis on community development, policy analysis, program evaluation, and building collaborative school-community partnerships.”

Brown has used his platform as an NBA player to shed light on racial injustices, education reform, and other social issues.

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“I think I’ve always been a leader in a sense,” Brown said last year. “Whether it’s on-court or off the court, it’s just natural. It’s not anything that’s unfamiliar to me. It’s just now the opportunity’s being presented, and you just gotta step into that role.”

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