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1 Jun 2020

Dyana Bagby, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola, Delta, other corporations speak out against racism in wake of Atlanta protests

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As protesters faced off against police and National Guard troops in downtown Atlanta to denounce ongoing brutality against black people, several of Atlanta's major corporations decided it was time to speak out and raise the profile of the fight against racism.

Coca-Cola Chair and CEO James Quincey said in a June 1 public statement that his company plans to host a “Stand As One” panel to discuss racism and injustice as well as ways to create change. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian, who said Minneapolis is like the airline’s second home, wrote on his LinkedIn page that “the tragedy in Minneapolis reminds us of the ugly reality that we are still experiencing humanity’s worst.” The Home Depot's CEO Craig Menear announced the company was contributing $1 million to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.