Cavs to Honor Historic Cleveland Figures

Black Heritage Celebration Presented by State Farm
Harper, Doby, Pickney

Cavs vs. Utah Jazz – Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m.

After a month-long celebration of African-American achievement and excellence, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ annual Black Heritage Celebration presented by State Farm will conclude with a special ceremony recognizing three historic figures in Cleveland history. On Friday, February 28th at the Cavs vs. Utah Jazz game at 7:30 p.m., the Cavs will honor retired Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Sara J. Harper, the late baseball legend Larry Doby and political strategist Arnold Pinkney, who passed earlier this year.

Judge Harper and family members of the late honorees will attend a special pregame reception and will be recognized at halftime for their role in advancing the progress of African-Americans during a critical time in American history. Fans are invited to share in the moment to celebrate these dynamic trailblazers to culminate the Black Heritage Celebration presented by State Farm.

“State Farm is proud to once again support the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Black Heritage Celebration throughout February in honor of Black History Month,” said State Farm Multicultural Markets Specialist Janice E. Huffman. “We make it our business to be like a good neighbor, helping to improve the quality of life in the communities where our associates live and work; much like the distinguished figures who we’re helping to honor during the celebration.”

For tickets to the Culmination Ceremony game of the Black Heritage Celebration presented by State Farm, fans can visit, call 1-800-820-2287, or visit any Northeast Ohio Discount Drug Mart location or the Quicken Loans Arena Ticket Office.

About the Honorees:

Judge Sara J. Harper was the first black woman to sit on the Ohio Supreme Court and the first black woman to graduate from Case Western Reserve University, and a well-respected legal professional.

Larry Doby was the first black baseball player to join the American League and play for the Cleveland Indians in 1947, and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

Arnold Pinkney was a political strategist who led campaigns for many African-American politicians, including the 1968 campaign that elected Louis Stokes as Ohio’s first black member of Congress.