Fifty-six years ago, four gentlemen changed the face of the NBA. Chuck Cooper, Earl Lloyd, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton and Hank DeZonie became the NBA's first black players and pioneers of the sport. In 1947, baseball legend Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier as the first black Major League Baseball player, and three years later Cooper, Lloyd, Clifton, and DeZoine did the same in professional basketball.
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In 1936, Jesse Owens captured four Gold Medals, set two Olympic Records and tied another in the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. His victories derailed Adolf Hitler’s intended use of the games as a show of Aryan Supremacy.
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. -James Baldwin