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Lloyd Pierce speaks at ‘March on Georgia’ rally in Atlanta

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Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce is taking on a visible leadership role, both within the organization and across the basketball landscape as a prominent member of the National Basketball Coaches Association’s committee on racial injustice and reform. Pierce has been eloquent in public statements throughout the month of June, using his voice to promote positive change in the community, and that continued on Monday when the 44-year-old stood alongside the Georgia NAACP in a peaceful march from the Richard B. Russell Federal Building to the State Capitol in Atlanta.

Pierce was joined by several members of the organization, including John Collins, Bruno Fernando, Kevin Huerter, Damian Jones and Vince Carter.

The officially stated purpose of the march is “to address the issues of criminal legal reform, voting rights, ending police brutality and repealing citizen’s arrest.” As part of a rally before the march commenced, Pierce spoke on Georgia’s voting issues, including the revelation that he hopes to aid in making State Farm Arena a registered polling place.

Following his public remarks, Pierce joined with Hawks personnel in marching.

On Sunday, the Hawks announced that, for the first time in the history of the franchise, Juneteenth is now designated as a permanent paid company holiday for all employees.

“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.”

Other members of the organization, ranging from principal owner Tony Ressler to star point guard Trae Young, are using their considerable platforms to influence change. As a whole, the Hawks organization continues to show substantial and important leadership in the community, and Pierce’s words, and overall presence, on Monday morning serve as another example.

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