In celebration of Black History Month, the Atlanta Hawks honored influential African-Americans who have made significant contributions to the Atlanta community and beyond. Honorees were recognized on court during each of the six Hawks home games during the month of February at Philips Arena.
The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble
The first honoree was a metro Atlanta group that creates more than just music. It creates futures. The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble provides harp instruction to at-risk students enrolled in Atlanta Public Schools. The ensemble prepares youth with musical skills, enabling them to earn college scholarships and participate in community orchestras. The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble was honored on Saturday, February 1 when the Hawks faced the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Hawks Honor Ernest Greer
Blazing trails since his days as a law student at Northwestern University, the Hawks recognized Ernest Greer for his pioneering efforts to become one of the most accomplished lawyers in the nation. Beyond the courtroom, his wide-reaching business experiences and relationships in the community earned him the role of chairman to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, making him the first lawyer elected to chair the chamber in recent history. Ernest Greer was honored on Wednesday, February 4 when the Hawks took on the Indiana Pacers.
Hawks Honor Hill Harper
Humanitarian, actor, author, health and wellness ambassador and philanthropist … Hill Harper’s talents and contributions extend far beyond Hollywood. Harper is most recognizable for his starring role in the hit television drama “CSI: NY,” from 2004 until 2013. Off camera, Harper is dedicated to social justice and engages in numerous charitable initiatives, including his own foundation, Manifest Your Destiny, which seeks to empower and inspire youth. He has also authored multiple books that support his message of empowering today’s youth. Hill Harper was honored on Saturday, February 8 when the Hawks played the Memphis Grizzlies.
Black Girls RUN!
What started off as an online blog has grown into a nationwide movement to encourage African-American women to live active lifestyles. Black Girls RUN! has a mission of tackling the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and providing encouragement and resources for women runners. To date, more than 62,000 members have joined Black Girls RUN! in one of their 60 running groups across the nation. Co-founders Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks have been recognized locally and nationally for their work from publications such as Ebony Magazine, Shape Magazine and Runner’s World Magazine for their trailblazing efforts. Black Girls RUN! was honored on Wednesday, February 19 when the Hawks faced the Washington Wizards.
Hawks Honor Dr. C.T. Vivian
Revered civil rights trailblazer Dr. C.T. Vivian has done extraordinary work for social justice and equality across the nation. Since 1947, Vivian has been a consultant for multiple civil rights visionaries, most notably Martin Luther King, Jr., and was responsible for coordinating civil rights groups nationwide. Vivian is also founder of Basic Diversity, the oldest diversity and inclusion consulting firm in existence and best known for its Race Awareness Workshop. This past November at the age of 89, Dr. Vivian was honored for his vision and leadership in the fight for justice when he was awarded the Nation’s highest civilian honor—The Presidential Medal of Freedom. Dr. C.T. Vivian was honored on Saturday, February 22 when the Hawks took on the New York Knicks.
Hawks Honor Scarlet Pressley-Brown
On February 25, against the Chicago Bulls, the Hawks honored Scarlet Pressley-Brown for her work with the National Center for Civil & Human rights, along with her tenures with the Delta Airlines Foundation, East Lake Community Foundation, and service as the interim chair for Southern Christian Leadership Conference Women, an organization focused on empowering women, girls and families. She is also on the board of directors for the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Business League and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and on the Advisory Council of Ron Clark Academy. For all of her efforts, Ms. Pressley-Brown has received numerous awards, including the “Outstanding Georgia Citizen” Award presented by the Secretary of State. It is in these exemplary efforts that Scarlet Pressley-Brown will be honored as a Hawks Trailblazer Honoree.