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Who were the first two African Americans to play in the National Basketball Association?


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Nat Clifton and Charles Cooper
1950 was a year of awakening for the NBA. In 1950, four black men played in the NBA: Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, HanK DeZonie and Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton. They were the first African-Americans to play in the NBA.

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