Sunday afternoon, the Atlanta Hawks announced they will make Juneteenth a permanent company holiday. To date, this is the first NBA organization to take the step to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday.

“I am proud of the decision our organization has made to recognize Juneteenth as a company holiday this year and going forward,” said Camye Mackey, Chief People, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena. “This is one of many steps we’ll take to support the positive change we need to see in society.”

The Hawks are actively encouraging their employees and partners to support the Black community by providing resources to assist in patronizing black businesses, learning more about the culture, participating in local Juneteenth celebrations, and engaging in service opportunities that help to foster equality for all, according to a press release.

The decision comes after other businesses, including Nike and Twitter, announced that their employees will get the day off as a holiday.

In response to recent racial unrest, Hawks Principal Owner Tony Ressler stated in part last week, “Black lives matter. There is no in-between. We, as an organization and part of the Atlanta community, are determined to be a part of the solution.”

 

State Farm Arena is empty after an Atlanta Hawks game on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. All sports and entertainment events in the venue have been postponed until further notice. (Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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