The Atlanta Hawks MLK Holiday weekend events culminated with their annual MLK game and celebration. At today’s game vs. Orlando, the in-game entertainment featured a special version of the starting lineups sung by the Contagious Choir of dReam Center Church of Atlanta led by RCA Inspiration artist Bishop William Murphy as well as three performances at center court from Gospel artist Koryn Hawthorne. Prior to the game, the team hosted 30 Brown Middle School students from the College For Every Student (CFES) Brilliant Pathways Mentoring program for the Hawks’ Dream Day youth seminar. The CFES Brilliant Pathways Scholars, who have been a part of a unique mentoring partnership with Hawks employees since August 2017, started their day listening to remarks from a variety of speakers including Melissa Pierce, wife of Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce, Roshown McLeod, Hawks alum, Renee Montgomery, Atlanta Dream guard, and Scott Pioli, Atlanta Falcons Assistant General Manager.
Jazz TV analyst Thurl Bailey was just a small child in 1963 when his parents left him and his siblings with a babysitter so that they could hear Dr. King speak on the National Mall. Still, Bailey would feel King’s impact. “Over the years, they helped me learn more about who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was,” Bailey said. Bailey still has memories of the early days of desegregation in U.S. schools. By the time he graduated high school, he had become the first black student body president the school had ever had. “That time of change and that fight for equality, those were the things Dr. Martin Luther King fought for,” Bailey said.
NBA teams playing Jan. 17–21 will wear custom Nike MLK Day warmup shirts designed in collaboration with the MLK Foundation and Martin Luther King III. All NBA proceeds will go to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. #NBApic.twitter.com/4TSP2kGR7q