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 They 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 […]

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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 Meadowlark 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 […]

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Whether They Wanted it or Not, Jackie Robinson Raised Americans’ Consciousness | The New York Times

George Vecsey, The New York Times | BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 1: Former professional baseball player Jackie Robinson at Boston University. Exact date unknown. (Photo by Frank O’Brien/The Boston Globe via Getty Images). Featured Image This happened at Shea Stadium a few decades ago: My son and I were in a half-empty section, not far […]

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