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FEB 15, 2014 - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Remembering the unjustly forgotten racial pioneer, the Cleveland Pipers' John McLendon - Bill Livingston

The coach of the Cleveland Pipers and Cleveland State Vikings, John McLendon broke color barriers the same way that Jackie Robinson did in baseball -- by having the strength not to fight back. CLEVELAND, Ohio – In Black History Month, the least known of the pioneers in the fight against basketball’s apartheid won three small-college national championships in 1957-59 at Tennessee State. It was almost a decade before Texas Western’s all-black starting five showed Kentucky and Adolph Rupp that segregation was a poor strategy for basketball ... Read More

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