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Today in sport history. The first African-American in the NBA

US professional basketball was officially segregated until 1950

PLAY AUDIOblackamericaweb.com (Oct. 31) – TODAY marks the anniversary that basketball great Earl Lloyd, Sr.became the first African-American in the NBA. Lloyd, who was a student at West Virginia State College, was chosen as a 9th round draft pick by the Washington Capitols. He was unaware that he was chosen until a fellow student on campus mentioned a rumor that he’d be moving to Washington. Continue reading

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