Cavs to Tip Off Annual Black Heritage Celebration at MLK Day Game!

Campy Russell

On Monday, January 20th, the Cleveland Cavaliers will tip off the team’s annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC) presented by State Farm on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Cavs vs. Dallas Mavericks game at 1:00 p.m. The special afternoon matchup will be the first of four theme nights throughout the month-long celebration. In addition to featuring in-game black history moments and achievement highlights, Cavs players and staff will volunteer in several educational and community service events throughout February in honor of Black History Month.

“Engaging students, fans and the community during the Black Heritage Celebration is important to us because it brings different groups of people together in the spirit of unity that this initiative represents,” said Campy Russell, Cavaliers director of alumni relations and BHC committee member. “We’re happy to continue the tradition with State Farm to make this year’s celebration both meaningful and impactful through community and education-focused programs.”

This year’s Black Heritage Celebration includes the following Cavs game nights:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 20th at 1:00 p.m. vs. Dallas Mavericks

The Cavaliers will honor the work and legacy of civil rights leader and humanitarian Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the game, including a tribute by Cavs players reciting lines from King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Fans are encouraged to #DreamBIG in honor of King and share their dreams with the special hashtag on social media.

Music, Arts & Culture Night
February 5th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Lakers

On Wednesday, February 5th, the Cavaliers will highlight influential African Americans within culture and the arts that represent the Greater Cleveland community. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District's All-City Drum Line and Jazz Band will perform at halftime, and the team will recognize members of the Northeast Ohio community who have helped to influence and impact the arts and African-American culture.

Education Night
February 11th at 7:00 p.m. vs. Sacramento Kings

To highlight the importance of education, the Cavs will recognize accomplished African-American educators and those who have used their education to achieve extraordinary accomplishments in their lives. The Cavs and State Farm will also award five high school seniors with a $1,000 college scholarship to help further their educational achievements and goals. At halftime, education and the arts combine as students from the Cleveland School of the Arts Dance Department perform a special Black History Month tribute for fans.

BHC Culmination Ceremony
February 28th at 7:30 p.m. vs. Utah Jazz

To conclude the month-long celebration, the Cavs will honor two historic greats within the Cleveland community as they recognize retired Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Sara J. Harper and baseball legend Larry Doby. Judge Harper was the first black woman to sit on the Ohio Supreme Court among several other significant achievements throughout her career. Larry Doby was the first black baseball player to break the color barrier and play for the Cleveland Indians in 1947.

For tickets to any game during the Black Heritage Celebration presented by State Farm, fans can click here call 1-800-820-2237, or visit any Northeast Ohio Discount Drug mart location or the Quicken Loans Arena Ticket Office. For special Black Heritage Celebration ticket packages, which include discounted tickets to 2014 BHC games and more, visit for more information.