R.I.P. Earl Lloyd

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From Black Voices:

Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86.

Lloyd’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details.

Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games.

“The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court,” West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill said in a statement. “When Earl stepped out on the court on that fateful date in 1950, this remarkable man rightfully earned his place in the historic civil rights movement and, more important, he opened the door to equality in America.”

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5 thoughts on “R.I.P. Earl Lloyd

  1. ..Why, pray-tell do heroes such as Mr. Lloyd (and countless others) do not give the Overdue credit they deserve during annual Black History Month, and all throughout the rest of the year for that matter!? At any rate, I salute this uPstanding brotha for his opening the doors for POC on and off the basketball court. R.I.P. Mr. Earl Lloyd..

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