#Honoring History – The Black Fives

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Charles Henry “Chuck” Cooper.

Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton.

Those listed above were the first African American players to enter the NBA in the 1950’s.

But, let’s jump back a few years to before there were any African American Players in the NBA.

From 1904 to the 1950’s, 13 years after basketball was invented the game was still segregated, and African Americans began playing basketball in a league of their own. This marked the BLACK FIVE ERA. Finding gym time for black fives was harder than finding a needle in a hay stack, but this didn’t stop them from making history.


For years African American teams would play against each other in their own leagues and championships. They were the authors of their own story, of their own HISTORY.

Learn more about this rich history at 47blackfives.com.

To cap off Black History Month and our #HonoringHistory series, we present the 47 Brand x Black Fives Collection available EXCLUSIVELY at LIDS and online at lids.com.

It’s time for YOU to make history……… now.