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HBCU Basketball Team Visits the White House More Than 60 Years After Winning Championship (832 hits)

Nationwide — More than 60 years after their historic championship victories, the Tennessee A&I Tigers, the first HBCU team to claim a national basketball title, were finally honored at the White House.

Back in 1957, they made history as the first HBCU team to win a national championship and went on to win two more titles in a row. But their achievements were overshadowed by the Jim Crow era’s racism, according to Because of Them We Can.

Nine players from the team even went on to play professional basketball, but their story remained largely untold. One player, **** Barnett, made it his mission to ensure their legacy was remembered. His efforts paid off in 2019 when the Tigers were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Friday, April 26th 2024 at 7:17PM
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