NFL forms committee on racial, social justice

The NFL has announced the creation of a player-owner committee focusing on social and racial justice issues.

The league also said Tuesday it is beginning a "Let's Listen Together" campaign highlighting players' work on equality issues. The project will contain digital content and promote letters from players and owners sharing their reasons for making social justice a priority.

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The league said the working group committee held its first meeting last month.

"We are pleased to have developed a new initiative that focuses on creating meaningful solutions to improve our communities," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "In developing this plan, we have taken the lead from our players and are honored to join them in this work."

The owners named to the committee are Arizona's Michael Bidwill, Atlanta's Arthur Blank, Cleveland's Jimmy Haslam, Jacksonville's Shahid Khan and Miami's Stephen Ross.

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ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Eric Reid #35 celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 15: Miami Dolphins free safety Michael Thomas (31) reacts at the end of the Miami Dolphins v Atlanta Falcons game Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The Miami Dolphins won the game 20-17. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Anquan Boldin, former wide receiver of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) and founder of the Anquan Boldin Foundation, speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Monday, May 1, 2017. The conference is a unique setting that convenes individuals with the capital, power and influence to move the world forward meet face-to-face with those whose expertise and creativity are reinventing industry, philanthropy and media. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 18: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 26: New York Jets Linebacker Demario Davis #56 reacts after tackling Carolina Panthers Runningback Jonathan Stewart #28 during the first half of a regular season NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the New York Jets on November 26, 2017, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by David Hahn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung (76) warms up prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Chargers on October 8, 2017, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 05: Defensive end Chris Long #56 of the Philadelphia Eagles encourages the crowd to get loud against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 5, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Kenny Stills #10 of the Miami Dolphins looks on before a NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)

The player representatives are Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, New York Jets tackle Kelvin Beachum and quarterback Josh McCown, Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and retired players Anquan Boldin and Aeneas Williams.

"The collaboration between the NFL and its players should be celebrated, as it's the first professional league or entity that has taken the concerns of its players and put resources behind it," Boldin said in a league statement. "Our country has some real issues when it comes to social and racial equality that must be addressed. The only way these issues will get solved is to fight together."

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