NBA and Southwest Airlines Bring Civil Rights Exhibit To National Liberty Museum

The NBA and Southwest Airlines will bring a significant new exhibit called “The Quest for Equality: African Americans as Pioneers in the Sport of Basketball,” to the National Liberty Museum starting in December 2005. The exhibit provides a historic timetable of the pursuit of justice and equality that paved the way for today’s players, coaches and owners. It includes a fascinating collection of period documents, photos, uniform items and more.

“The Quest for Equality” opens December 17, 2005 at the National Liberty Museum, and runs through February 6, 2006. The National Liberty Museum is located at 321 Chestnut Street in historic Philadelphia and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the special exhibit is free with the Museum’s regular entrance fee of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for children. “The Quest for Equality” is proudly presented by the National Basketball Association and Southwest Airlines; after its Philadelphia tour stop, the exhibit will continue on to the NBA All-Star Jam Session in Houston, Texas. The tour begins on November 3 in Los Angeles at the California African American Museum.

Although we see the commercials, purchase the sneakers and watch the thrilling moves of the current NBA generation, little is known about the struggles that existed before this popular era. “The Quest for Equality” documents how basketball – which was invented in 1891 – mirrored the segregated practices of its time and how the NBA eventually overcame discrimination.

“The Quest for Equality” traces this history of civil rights in basketball via historic artifacts ranging from early 20th Century uniforms to a 1950 basketball player’s contract with the NBA to a pair of Shaquille O’Neal’s size 22 kicks. It includes eight thematic sections: The Pioneer Years (1891 – 1910), Barnstorming Years (c. 1900 – 1930), The National Basketball League (1942 – 1949), The National Basketball Association (c. 1950 – 1955), Black integration on the white college teams (1907 – 1917), Black college players and coaches (1910 – 1968), The NBA Today and The Hall of Fame.

Via PRNewswire

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