Photos from the Hawks/Raptors game Feb. 20 (John Lewis, Chris Tucker, Kandi Burruss included)

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Nathan Deal with John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis with Gov. Nathan Deal. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

By RODNEY HO/, 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 Ho/

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Ambassador Andrew Young was one of the civil rights legends honored Friday night at the Hawks game. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Chris Tucker with fans

Actor and stand-up comic Chris Tucker is a regular at Hawks games. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

CT Vivian

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.

Dominique Williams with CT Vivian

Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins meets C.T. Vivian after the game. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Jeff Teague

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 Ho/

John Lewis Christian Boone

Rep. John Lewis was front and center at the Hawks game. And just below him is AJC reporter Christian Boone. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Kandi Burruss in the crowd

Kandi Burruss of “Real Housewives of Atlanta’ fame has season tickets to the Hawks. She is surrounded by fans after the game. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Kasim and Deal

Mayor Kasim Reed sits with Gov. Nathan Deal near the floor. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

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Mayor Kasim Reed during halftime. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

More teague

The game was getting out of hand by the time I took this shot. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Todd Tucker new beard

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 Ho/



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