Hawks executive honored during HBCU Culture Homecoming Fest & Battle of The Bands MLK Weekend

Tipping off the highly-anticipated weekend of events with a Founder’s Fundraising Gala, HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation will honor Camye Mackey, Executive Vice President and Chief People, Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena.

Presented by the Atlanta-based nonprofit, Mackey is being recognized with the 2023 HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation Honoree Award during the HBCU Culture Homecoming Fest & Battle of The Bands MLK Weekend.

“We are beyond proud to team up with the HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation to host this year’s Battle of the Bands MLK Weekend Edition,” said Mackey, who is being recognized with the special award for her leadership work in the HBCU community.

Camye Mackey
Executive Vice President and Chief People, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena (Credit: Sports Business Journal)

A graduate of Howard University, in her role as the Hawk’s top Human Resources and Diversity executive, Mackey leads the team responsible for strategic development and implementation of the people philosophy and culture. Her priorities are leadership development, employee culture, embedding diversity and inclusion within all aspects of the business and providing the essential link between employee engagement and guest experience.

“Like the HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation, we are committed to developing programs that build more equitable and inclusive outcomes for our next generation of leaders by creating opportunities for diverse students to succeed,” said Mackey.

Commencing the nonprofit’s $10 Million Scholarship Initiative for 2023, HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation Co-founder, Frank Johnson, said “Hosting the HBCU Culture Battle of the Bands at State Farm Arena during MLK Weekend is exciting while also very humbling.“

“My wife, La Keisha and I are so grateful for Mrs. Camye Mackey who helped in making this possible,” said Johnson.

Approaching his senior year at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), Johnson made the tough decision to drop out of college and help provide for his family after his father, who covered his tuition, became ill.

Johnson and his wife La Keisha met through the marching band at JCSU, developing HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation in 2018 with a vision to provide reliable resources to HBCU institutions and students.

Since its inception, the foundation has successfully provided over $1.9 million in scholarships and educational experiences to over 5,000 students.

During Sunday’s battle, Hawks executives, alongside the Johnsons, will present the six marching bands with personalized Hawks jerseys that include the respective university’s name on the back.

Each participating marching band will receive a $20,000 scholarship towards their band’s program, along with other educational experiences and resources provided by the HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation.

“On Sunday, we will create a memorable experience during one of the most monumental weekends in history,” said Johnson.

A portion of proceeds from event ticket sales, sponsorships and donations will go to the 2023 Focus HBCU Institution at Morris Brown College. Under Mackey’s facilitation, State Farm Arena recently donated $50,000 to the scholarship.

These much-needed funds help to ensure that no student loses a good quality education due to the lack of funds or have to make the same decision as Frank.

“Because of this opened door and opportunity by way of Mrs. Mackey and the Atlanta Hawks, 1,300 HBCU band students will receive not only an amazing experience, but also exposure which in most cases, is the best education,” said Johnson.

“For that alone, La Keisha and I are forever grateful,” he said.

3 thoughts on “Hawks executive honored during HBCU Culture Homecoming Fest & Battle of The Bands MLK Weekend

  1. Mrs. Camye Mackey has a heart of gold! I was fortunate to have had her as my roommate throughout our Howard University days. She has ALWAYS looked out for others and it is NO surprise that she is being CELEBRATED. I cherish our frienship and I am very excited for our HBCU students and ALL of her colleagues!
    Her vision, passion and heart to serve is unparalleled! Congratulations Mrs. Camye L. Mackey. I love you lady!

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