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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

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

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