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Dennis Wayne Johnson

February 22nd in African American History – Dennis Wayne Johnson

February 22, 2007 Dennis Wayne Johnson, hall of fame basketball player, died. Johnson was born September 18, 1954 in Los Angeles, California. Johnson played college basketball at Los Angeles Harbor College and Pepperdine University. He was selected by the Seattle Supersonics in the 1976 NBA Draft and over his 15 season professional career was a […]

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Wilton Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain

October 12th in African American History – Wilton Norman Chamberlain

October 12, 1999 Wilton Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain, hall of fame professional basketball player, died. Chamberlain was born August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was 6 feet 11 inches when he entered high school and used that advantage as a prolific scorer throughout his high school and college career. After his junior year of college, […]

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John B. McLendon

October 8th in African American History – John B. McLendon, Jr.

October 8, 1999 John B. McLendon, Jr., the first African American basketball coach at a predominantly White university, died. McLendon was born April 15, 1915 in Hiawatha, Kansas. He studied at the University of Kansas in the 1930s where he learned the intricacies of basketball. However, McLendon was not allowed to play because the university’s […]

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