Atlanta Hawks to honor MLK’s life and legacy with new wall at State Farm Arena

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks will continue their tradition of playing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and this year, the Hawks are unveiling another special tribute to the civil rights icon.

The team will unveil its new “MLK Wall” as part of its MLK celebration when it hosts the Milwaukee Bucks. The MLK Wall will provide an educational experience on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. It will be located by Atlanta Social on the terrace level at State Farm Arena.

The Hawks worked on the wall in partnership with the King estate, NBA, NBPA and Nike.

“It is very important for our organization to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and also continue to be actionable in the way that we recognize him, “said Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena Chief Marketing Officer Melissa Proctor. “We are excited to celebrate his legacy with some interactive elements throughout this special game.”


Last season, the Hawks debuted their special MLK city edition jerseys, which were blessed by the Pope. The team went 9-1 in games during the 2020-21 regular season when they wore the MLK jerseys.

The team also redesigned the court in honor of the civil rights icon. The center of the court has a massive stained-glass version of the Hawks logo inspired by Ebenezer Baptist Church. On the sides of the court, King’s initials were flanked by 22 freedom stars that represent the 22 times King was arrested fighting for equality.

The jerseys and court will be used once again Monday night.

The Hawks and Bucks will tip off at 6 p.m. at State Farm Arena. Limited tickets remain.

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