MARCH 19: Something to Cheer About

IMG_6820Above: Jubilant Crispus Attucks players carry coach Ray Crowe.

ON THIS DATE in 1955, a basketball team from Crispus Attucks High of Indianapolis, Indiana, became the first all-African American squad to win a U.S. state championship.

Future Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson scored 30 points in the Tigers’ 97-74 title-game victory over Roosevelt, a school from Gary, Indiana.

Crispus Attucks went 31-0 and repeated as champs the following season. The team’s triumph over opponents and racism was told in the 2002 documentary, Something to Cheer About.

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