By RODNEY HOfirstname.lastname@example.org, originally filed Monday, February 23, 2015
I attended the first Atlanta Hawks game after the All Star break because it featured recognition of five of the best known living Atlanta civil rights legends at halftime. I didn't use my press credentials to get on the floor. I just took some shots from where I was sitting.
The game itself was a forgettable post All-Star nightmare for the Hawks, who fell apart in the third quarter and were behind by more than 30 points partway through the fourth before the regulars were pulled.
Ambassador Andrew Young, 82, left the court after a short halftime ceremony. An ailing 93-year-old Joseph Lowery, in a wheelchair and looking frail, departed partway through the third quarter. The other three - Juanita Abernathy (wife of the late Ralph David Abernathy),90-year-old C.T. Vivian and 75-year-old Rep. John Lewis - stayed to the very end. Lewis introduced a screening of "Selma" after the game was over. Only a few hundred stuck around for the movie.
Both Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed and Gov. Nathan Deal attended the proceedings as well. I spotted singer and "Real Housewives of Atlanta' cast member Kandi Burruss, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and comic Chris Tucker in the audience.
Juanita Abernathy poses with a fan after the Hawks loss to the Raptors. CREDIT: Rodney Hoemail@example.com
Ambassador Andrew Young was one of the civil rights legends honored Friday night at the Hawks game. CREDIT: Rodney Hofirstname.lastname@example.org
Actor and stand-up comic Chris Tucker is a regular at Hawks games. CREDIT: Rodney Hoemail@example.com
90-year-old C.T. Vivian, a good friend of Martin Luther King Jr., looked dapper at the Hawks game. He sat next to John Lewis the entire game.
Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins meets C.T. Vivian after the game. CREDIT: Rodney Hofirstname.lastname@example.org
All Star Jeff Teague had a tough game but so did everybody else, Fortunately, the Hawks broke their two-game losing streak on Sunday, beating the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee. CREDIT: Rodney Hoemail@example.com
Rep. John Lewis was front and center at the Hawks game. And just below him is AJC reporter Christian Boone. CREDIT: Rodney Hofirstname.lastname@example.org
Kandi Burruss of "Real Housewives of Atlanta' fame has season tickets to the Hawks. She is surrounded by fans after the game. CREDIT: Rodney Hoemail@example.com
Mayor Kasim Reed sits with Gov. Nathan Deal near the floor. CREDIT: Rodney Hofirstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Kasim Reed during halftime. CREDIT: Rodney Hoemail@example.com
The game was getting out of hand by the time I took this shot. CREDIT: Rodney Hofirstname.lastname@example.org
Todd Tucker, husband of Kandi Burruss, has a new look (at least compared to what you see on the show, which taped several months ago.). CREDIT: Rodney Hoemail@example.com