WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31: FIRST BLACKS PLAY IN NBA
Profile America — Sunday, October 31st. It was 60 years ago today that the color barrier was broken in the National Basketball Association. Earl Lloyd was the first African-American to play in an NBA game, as he took the floor for the Washington team, then known as the Capitols, at Rochester, New York. Lloyd was one of three blacks to play in the 1950 season, the others being Nat Clifton, signed by the New York Knicks, and Chuck Cooper, drafted by the Boston Celtics. In the years that followed, many African-Americans have helped define the modern game of basketball, including Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Julius Irving. Close to 20 million fans attend NBA games each year and millions more watch on television. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 539
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1209
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau