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The Forgotten All-Star Game That Helped Integrate Baseball | Deadspin

Stephanie Liscio, Deadspin The 1939 East-West All-Star Game in Chicago. Photo: Getty. Featured Image Cleveland celebrated its sixth time hosting MLB’s All-Star Game last week, it might have seemed an odd event to commemorate baseball’s integration. But when Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform in April of 1947, becoming the first African-American to play in white organized baseball since the 19th century, it was the culmination of years of work by activists to integrate Major League Baseball. And one of the earliest battlegrounds for integration was a Negro Leagues all-star contest in Cleveland in 1942. […]

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‘I Had to Invest In Myself’: Serena Williams Becomes First Athlete Named on World’s Richest Self-Made Women List | Atlanta Black Star

Kiersten Willis, Atlanta Black Star Women working at sewing machines in factory. Pic credit: Sleek Garments Export Ltd. Featured Image in Australia who were stripped of land rights should be compensated for “spiritual harm”, a landmark ruling by Australia’s High Court said on Wednesday. The court ruled that the Ngaliwurru and Nungali peoples from a remote part in the Northern Territory were entitled to compensation for being disconnected from their lands by the government. The ruling which has been described as the biggest ‘native title’ ruling on indigenous rights to traditional land and water in decades could pave the way […]

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Before Kaepernick, The ‘Syracuse 8’ Were Blackballed By Pro Football | WBUR

Karen Given and, Shira Springer, WBUR Members of the Syracuse University football team boycotted the 1970 season because of racial discrimination. (Courtesy Syracuse 8). Featured Image met in secret, away from their white coaches and teammates. “We used to meet at midnight,” former Syracuse football player Dana Harrell says. “And we could have met earlier. But we used to meet at midnight, to lay out our thoughts and plans, just like the slaves.” Harrell was one of nine college football players the international media would — incorrectly — call the “Syracuse 8.” It was the late 1960s, after the assassinations […]

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Meadowlark Lemon Dies at 83; Harlem Globetrotters’ Dazzling Court Jester | The New York Times

Bruce Weber, The New York Times Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters during play against the Boston Shamrocks at Madison Square Garden in 1973. Librado Romero/The New York Times, Featured Image Lemon, whose halfcourt hook shots, no-look behind-the-back passes and vivid clowning were marquee features of the feel-good traveling basketball show known as the Harlem Globetrotters for nearly a quarter-century, died on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 83. His death was confirmed by his wife, Cynthia Lemon, who did not specify the cause. A gifted athlete with an entertainer’s hunger for the spotlight, Lemon, who dreamed of playing for […]

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