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Valerie Jarrett, Grant Hill and Marc Morial Join 4th NBA Together Virtual Roundtable

Addressing historic and systemic causes of inequality that have worsened the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on communities of color.

#NBATogether has been a leading component in educating, supporting and providing hope to millions during the COVID-19 pandemic that has paralyzed the sports world and deeply impacted society as a whole. 

More than 40 players and legends have participated in PSAs, generating more than 59 Million video views across the league’s Instagram Twitter, Facebook and TikTok platforms since the first PSA launched on March 13.

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The NBA has published dozens of Jr. NBA at Home videos which have garnered more than 100M views. The league, teams, players and owners have provided more than $89M towards support and relief. Players and teams have donated more than 7.5 Million meals to food-insecure populations and more than 10.2 Million PPE masks for healthcare workers.

NBA Together continues its crusade today in partnership with the National Urban League. The NBA will convene its fourth discussion in the NBA Together Virtual Roundtable Series, addressing historic and systemic causes of inequality that have worsened the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the Black community.

GUESTS: 

Valerie Jarett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and Senior Advisor to the Obama Foundation. Grant Hill is a Naismith Hall of Famer, Vice Chairman of the Atlanta Hawks & Turner Analyst and a member of the NBA Board of Governors. Marc H. Morial is President of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans

NBA Champion Caron Butler, a Vera Institute of Justice board member, will return as host.

Tuesday’s guests have unique perspectives and experiences with systemic and racial inequalities and their lasting effects; Jarrett speaks candidly of her experiences as a mother in her book “Finding My Voice” and serves as Board Chair of When We All VoteMorial served on the Louisiana Senate and as former Mayor of New Orleans before leading the National Urban League, Butler was incarcerated at the age of 15 before going on to play in the NBA for 14 years and Hill is a longtime advocate for change and has received numerous accolades from peers in the sports community for his civil rights contributions.

Reflecting on recent data, the conversation will explore pre-existing economic and health inequalities exacerbating COVID’s impact, challenges facing black-owned businesses and working parents, implications of re-opening for underserved communities, short- and long-term solutions and more.

The roundtable series airs on NBA TV at 8:30 p.m. ET every Thursday after originally streaming Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET on the official @NBA Twitter account.

NBA Together Roundtables examine the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on marginalized communities of color.   Last week’s discussion examined anti-Asian bias and featured Andrew YangVanita Gupta and Jeremy Lin.

 As previously announced, the NBA family has joined Magic Johnson and leading organizations to raise awareness around these disparities and examine health, economic and social equity.

Using the league’s digital footprint, they are amplifying the work of these leading organizations supporting Black, Hispanic, and other communities impacted by coronavirus through a series of public service messages, including through a recent PSA featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and additional virtual content, community programs and partnerships.

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