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The Black-Versus-White Basketball Game That Integrated the Sport

Over 70 years ago, the Harlem Globetrotters took on the Minneapolis Lakers, and changed hoops forever

Photo: MelanieWarner/Creative Commons

When the Harlem Globetrotters and the Minneapolis Lakers played an exhibition game in Chicago in 1948, critics dismissed the contest as a publicity stunt. There was no way the all-Black…

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Heather Gilligan

Heather Gilligan

Journalist, onetime senior editor @Timeline_Now, bylines in @slate, @huffpo, @thenation, @modfarm, and more.