Cavs head coach JB Bickerstaff teaming up with NAACP to address Black mental health

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 17:40:53-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers head coach JB Bickerstaff is teaming up with the NAACP Cleveland Branch to discuss black men and their mental health.

The Black Men: It’s OK To Talk About It discussion on Wednesday is part of the new Cavs ALL FOR BLACK CLEVELAND movement, in partnership with the NAACP.

“As civic and community leaders, now more than ever it is incumbent upon us at the Cavaliers to step forward and have these conversations,” said Kevin Clayton, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement for the Cavs and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. “We want to offer this as a platform for people not only in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, but everywhere, who want to both hear and be heard. This open and honest dialogue is intended to be one step in the continuing process to help unite and heal. We are thankful to our long-time partners at the NAACP Cleveland Branch for embarking on this necessary journey with us.”

Beckerstaff and Clayton will be joined by Jeff Johnson, Chief Curator of Men Thrive, and Archie Green, Mental Health Advocate and Founder of Peel Dem Layers Back for Wednesday's conversation.

“The NAACP is a grassroots civil rights organization that works on behalf of the community to remove the barriers and obstacles created by racism,” said Danielle Sydnor, President of the NAACP Cleveland Branch. “

Anyone can watch the series for free on the Cavs website Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.