Magic mark Black History Month by hosting social justice town halls

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Roy Parry, Orlando Sentinel
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The Orlando Magic will celebrate Black History Month with four virtual town hall meetings as well as multiple activities during home games in February.

The virtual town halls will feature players, team staff and community leaders, and will focus on a variety of social justice and diversity issues. The first town hall is scheduled for Wednesday, with the remaining three set for Feb. 10, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24. Each town hall will run from 11 a.m. to noon.

To RSVP for a town hall, go to www.nba.com/magic/walk-with-us. The deadline for the first meeting already has passed.

Magic Steve Clifford, who is scheduled to be a part of the first town hall, said the meetings are a chance to build on the social justice work that’s already been done by the Magic.

“It’s an opportunity for us to keep the conversation going and continue to bring awareness,” Clifford said. “There will be a lot of different people from the Magic involved in that.”

Activities will include Clifford’s Social Justice Game Changers program, where recipients are honored at each home game throughout February, and an online auction featuring the MLK warm-up shirts worn by Magic players earlier this season.

During their Feb. 27 matchup with the Utah Jazz, the Magic will recognize the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans in Central Florida. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will be honored as the Social Justice Game Changer.

In addition, the Magic will be wearing special “Built by Black” shooting shirts at home games in February. The shirts, which were designed by the NBA, feature significant milestones in the league related to Black history.

Here is a list of the town hall meetings and topics:

Week 1: The State of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with the Orlando Magic

Magic leadership will share insights behind the team’s efforts to combat social inequality.

Week 2: Diversity of Business to Basketball

Magic global partners will discuss how they are addressing social change within their organizations.

Week 3: Positive Business Impact of Supplier Diversity

The discussion will focus on the team’s work toward supplier diversity and the importance of supporting local minority- and women-owned businesses, workforce development, small business impact and what the team hopes to accomplish moving forward.

Week 4: Social Justice Game Changers

Central Florida social justice leaders will discuss policy reform, criminal justice reform and how corporations can have a positive effect on social justice within the community.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Roy Parry at rparry@orlandosentinel.com