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.