Chick-fil-A has largely sought to keep a low profile on social issues after it was criticized and boycotted in 2012, when Cathy publicly weighed in against same-sex marriage. The popular chain in recent years has targeted its charitable giving toward education and ending homelessness and hunger. It's also spent money to help redevelop Atlanta's Westside, and Cathy on Tuesday highlighted his company's investments in Morehouse College, community health clinics and a center serving at-risk youth.
Chick-fil-A is the latest in a long line of Atlanta businesses that have pledged action on racial justice in recent days as the nation convulses under days of protests triggered by the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.
Home Depot announced Tuesday that it will donate $1 million to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in support of efforts to end racism and injustice. Coca-Cola Company said senior leaders will host a "Stand As One" dialogue on racism, while the leaders of Southern Company said they will "redouble our ongoing efforts to improve relations between all members of the communities where we live and work."
Cathy said people should seek to have “intentional, difficult conversations” about race and teach children “leadership, love and justice.”
“To whom much is given, much is required,” he said.
Staff writer Matt Kempner contributed to this article.