Atlanta Dream co-owner and U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler opposes the WNBA’s and the Atlanta Dream’s support for Black Lives Matter. Players and the WNBPA have called for her to sell her ownership stake in the team. WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert has stated that she will not force Loeffler out as owner, yet maintains support for the players’ desire and decision to use the 2020 season as a platform for social justice advocacy.
In “Because Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech’ tells me so,” The Hard Screen examines the deeper meanings behind the Atlanta Dream’s nickname and the ways co-owner Kelly Loeffler’s views fail to live up to that vision.
Angel McCoughtry, longtime face of the Dream, weighs in on the rich Civil Rights history the team’s name represents. She also discusses her happiness to be back on the court after missing much of the 2019 season due to injury and the importance of using the 2020 season to advocate for racial justice.
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