OAKLAND, Ca. -- February
provides us with another opportunity to celebrate African American
Indeed it is an honor to reflect on African Americans and
focus on their superlative strong sports achievements.
Baseball, basketball, football and now hockey have contributed to the creation of Black icons in
There is evidence of African Americans moving up in the sports world.
African American names became known in households throughout this land
with records were broken.
NEW YORK -- Over the last few months, a number of homophobic incidents, followed by
management and player's positive actions, surrounding the NBA have given professional men's sports and
several of its star players an opportunity to support equality for the
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
And after each
one, I couldn't help but think about a night in 1958 Charleston, West Virginia.
In 1958, the Minneapolis Lakers, who wouldn't move to Los Angeles for
another two years, had three black players -- Boo Ellis, Ed Fleming, and