HUDDLE stands for Honesty, Unity, Diversity, Dialogue, Listening, Equality. It aims to be a monthly gathering for conversations among Mavericks’ current and former players, community figures and others with the goal of eliminating racial divides, uplifting communities and empowering future generations.
Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall will moderate the town-hall meeting that will also include notable community panelists like Dr. Michael Sorrell, the renowned president of Paul Quinn College, along with Dominique McCain, who is the managing director at The Commit Partnership. Dallas ISD superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa will also participate in The HUDDLE, a virtual event with registration that is free and open to the public.
The panelists will take part in conversations with participants watching, listening and engaging remotely on the topic of “Opportunities for Equity in Education.”
There will be discussion around topics such as racial equity in public education, and Dallas ISD specifically, and understanding how systemic racism impacts our education system. The panelists will identify some of the steps that need to be taken to create equity and to deliver a quality education for all. The Mavs will share initiatives from the Mavs Take ACTION! Plan that are designed to address racial inequities in education. Viewers will be able to submit questions for the panelists during the HUDDLE.
“I’m happy to have Dirk join Michael and others for the conversation we are hosting to identify opportunities to improve our education delivery systems and make our community stronger,” said Marshall. “By joining in The HUDDLE’s conversation, we hope to elevate, strengthen and spread the message of equality that is needed across so many systems, including education.”
The first meeting included Finley, as well as former Mavericks players Nick Van Exel, Eduardo Najera and Rolando Blackman. Also joining the seven-person panel was Dawn Porter, director of the highly acclaimed film “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” along with SMU practicing attorney and clinical professor and March to the Polls board member Eric Cedillo, Faith in Texas organizer Tiara Cooper and president emeritus of the DFW Urban League, Bemnet Meshesha.
The first session was entitled “Voting Rights: The Impact of John Lewis & What It Means For Us Today.”
The HUDDLE is a monthly courageous conversation series as a part of the Mavs Take ACTION! Plan that launched in June to address racial inequities and promote social justice in the DFW community. It is a gathering that creates a safe space for dialogue and the opportunity for individuals to learn and unite with a diverse group of current and former Dallas Mavericks players, team representatives and community figures with the goal of eliminating racial divides, uplifting communities and empowering future generations.
To read more about the Mavs Take ACTION! plan and all that has been accomplished to date, visit mavs.com/mavstakeaction.