Former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin was in Washington on Monday, speaking to members of Congress about human rights abuses in Africa.
Boldin missed the Ravens’ trip to the White House earlier this month, because he was with his new team, the 49ers, during their OTA’s. However, Boldin has been a long-time advocate of human rights issues in Africa. He visited Senegal this spring, after visiting Ethiopia in 2012. Boldin was on Capitol Hill as President Obama prepares for a good-will mission to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania later this week.
Boldin spoke to members of Congress about destitute farmers he encountered in Africa, working on land where gold was in abundance.
“You have these people who literally live on top of gold mines…and they see no benefits from it,” Boldin said, via RollCall.com. “People definitely get it. But I think it’s an issue that definitely needs to continue to be pushed.”
Boldin said he planned future trips to Africa, and hoped to take at least two current Ravens with him – Torrey Smith and Ray Rice. As Boldin continues to do good works off the field, how much the Ravens will miss Boldin on the field remains one of their biggest questions heading into next season.