Just three years after Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color line, Earl Francis Lloyd, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, did the same in the National Basketball Association. The post Alexandria, Virginia, Honors Native, First Black NBA Player Earl Lloyd appeared first on The Washington Informer.
Please join the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria African American Hall of Fame as we unveil the Historical State Marker of Alexandria’s own Earl Francis Lloyd, at 1020 Montgomery Street the site of his childhood home. The event features remarks from Mayor Justin Wilson, Kevin Lloyd, son of Earl Lloyd, and others as we celebrate the life of NBA trailblazer Earl Lloyd.
A special dedication to the late NBA-player Earl Lloyd takes place in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, this weekend, where a statue was raised in his honor. Lloyd was a game-changer, being the first African American to play in the NBA. He was then the first Black NBA assistant coach and later the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.