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Hawks, civil rights leaders vow to work together
Hawks Sale Heal
Civil rights leaders led by Rev. Markel Hutchins, second from left, pray in the lobby of the Phillips Arena after a scheduled meeting between Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin and Atlanta civil rights leaders was cancelled, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) - photo by Associated Press
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks and city civil rights leaders said Friday's meeting between the team's CEO and the group was "extremely productive." The civil rights leaders, led by The Rev. Markel Hutchins, requested the meeting with Hawks CEO Steve Koonin following racially charged comments by Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry. Levenson is selling his majority share of the team and Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence.