HawksHoop.com spoke with Rev. Markel Hutchins, organizer of a group of civil rights leaders seeking to meet with the Hawks, who said he has been in contact with Hawks officials. Rev. Hutchins said he expects the meeting, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 10th, will be rescheduled by the end of this week for a future date. In Hawks’ CEO Steve Koonin’s apology to fans, he wrote: “We have, are and will continue to meet with community leaders, not just now, but in an ongoing way to ensure that our values reflect, in the broadest sense, the community in which we play and work.” Rev. Hutchins told HawksHoop.com that his group has not met with Hawks officials, but anticipates that meeting will take place.
“There are Hawks officials who have met with community leaders but Steve Koonin and the senior leadership were not a part of those conversations,” Rev. Hutchins said. “The civil rights leaders and I remain anxious to have that conversation. The longer it goes, the more contentious that conversation may be.”
The group Rev. Hutchins helped organize includes Joe Beasley, Southern Regional Director for the Rainbow Push Coalition; Rev. Frank Brown, President of Concerned Black Clergy of Atlanta; Ms. Helen Butler, Executive Director for the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda; Dr. Gerald L. Durley, co-chair for the Regional Council of Churches; the Hon. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus; Rev. Francys Johnson, Esq., President of the Georgia NAACP; Ms. Nancy Flake Johnson, President of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta; Mr. Michael Langford, President of United Youth-Adult Conference; Ms. Janice Mathis, Esq., Vice President and Executive Director of the Rainbow Push Coalition’s Peachtree Street Project; Rev. Timothy McDonald, III, founder of the African American Ministers Leadership Council; Rev. Samuel Mosteller, Georgia President for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Rev. Charles White, the National Field Director for the National Action Network; and Rev. Dr. R.L. White, President of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP.