July 2, 2022


Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

Paying tribute to Kobe Bryant on the anniversary of his death

One year ago today, the world stopped as news circulated of a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles that killed Lakers great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others.

Sports commentators cried on live television. Fans and mourners descended upon Staples Center. NBA teams took 24-second shot-clock violations in honor of his number.

In the year since, a pandemic arrived, protests started over racial injustice and a new president was inaugurated. But even amid so much change, people are taking time to remember the lives lost on a hillside in Calabasas.