The Atlanta Hawks have announced plans to host their annual MLK Game presented by Chase at the State Farm Arena on Jan. 15. The game will feature a special halftime tribute by Atlanta native and hip-hop icon Killer Mike, nominated for multiple Grammy Awards this year.
“As an Atlanta native and fellow Morehouse Man who is also a Hawks fan, performing for Atlanta during the MLK celebration is the homecoming dream of a lifetime,” said Killer Mike. The event promises to be a thrilling blend of sports, music, and celebrations, symbolizing Atlanta’s vibrant culture and community spirit.
Killer Mike is known for his significant contributions to the rap industry and his advocacy for Atlanta. The artist is not only recognized for his musical talents but also as a voice of reason in an increasingly chaotic world. His influence extends beyond music, as he owns a growing empire of barbershops, including one at State Farm Arena called the S.W.A.G. Shop.
Fans attending the game will be treated to a Hawks-branded tote bag courtesy of Chase. During warm-ups, Hawks players and staff will wear special MLK shooting shirts featuring a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The team will don their Fly City Edition uniforms for the game against San Antonio at 3:30 p.m.
Melissa Proctor, Chief Marketing Officer for the Hawks and State Farm Arena, shared the enthusiasm, saying, “We are beyond excited to have world-renowned and Atlanta’s own Killer Mike perform as part of this special annual MLK Game presented by Chase.”
Prior to the game at 1:30 p.m., a special panel presented by Chase, titled “A Transparent Conversation About Homeownership in Atlanta,” will feature prominent speakers discussing ways to increase homeownership rates among Black Americans in the Atlanta area.