Civil Rights leaders stage sit-in at Philips Arena after canceled meeting with Atlanta Hawks


Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin cancelled a meeting that was planned for today to discuss the recent events within the organization dealing with racial comments from Bruce Levenson and Danny Ferry. After the meeting was cancelled, Civil Rights leaders in the community staged an “impromptu sit-in” at Philips Arena according to WSB-TV reporter Aaron Diamont:

Around 2 p.m., the Atlanta Hawks released a short statement about the meeting and why it was cancelled:

"“Koonin postponed today’s meeting last night. This conversation is a priority for us. We are committed to having this meeting and will work with community leaders to reschedule as soon as possible. We ask our community to work with us, be patient with us, and help us heal.”"

It’s certainly going to make people angry that the meeting was delayed–especially when there’s no real reason for the delay to begin with. But, the organization has followed a process throughout this entire situation and it seems like they are going to continue to do so. In the meantime, Diamont also tweeted out a video of the sit-in, which you can see here.