Basketball team in the 'black fives' era
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How 'Black Fives' led to racial integration in basketball

This week the National Basketball Association has been dealing with a scandal after the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers team, Donald Sterling, was given a lifetime ban for making racist remarks.

His comments come nearly 65 years after the NBA became racially integrated.

But even before that, African-American teams were taking to the court against white opponents.

Known as the "black fives" for the number of starting players, these teams came to define an era.

Now their story is the subject of an exhibit at the New-York Historical Society.

Produced by Bill McKenna; Filmed by Felicia Barr and Matt Reilly

Photos courtesy of the Black Fives Foundation

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  • 01 May 2014
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