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Charles “Tarzan” Cooper, shown circa 1939, was a member of the New York Rens basketball team - one of the first all-Black basketball teams in the United States. All-Black teams existed up until around 1950 when the NBA integrated their teams The New-York Historical Society is sponsoring a scholarship contest that was inspired by their upcoming exhibition on The Black Fives, which is about the history of early 20th-century African American basketball teams. Photo: The Black Fives Foundation/New York Historical Society.

Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis compare notes, and the tools of their respective trades, on June 14, 1946 during Mr. Robinson’s visit to Mr. Louis’s training camp in Pompton Lake, New Jersey. It was 66 years ago today, on April 15, 1947, that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

At the White House screening for the new “42” movie, Michelle Obama had this to say about Rachel Robinson, wife of baseball legend Jackie Robinson: “She’s a woman of strength, of courage, conviction; a woman who paved the way for me, but she paved the way for millions of Americans all across this country.” I am attending a private screening of the movie tonight in Manhattan and I could not agree more! In this September 23, 1947 photo, Mrs. Robinson is with her husband in Brooklyn as he accepts keys from the legendary dancer, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, to a car he won just before a game against the San Francisco Giants. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

Sammy Davis, Jr. with talk show host Sam Levenson and tennis legend Althea Gibson at piano at a Bon Voyage party for Ms. Gibson at Birdland Nightclub in New York City. Ms. Gibson was set to leave for Wimbledon in the next few days. Photo by Fred Morgan/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images.

Baseball legend Jackie Robinson is helped into his jacket by his wife Rachel, circa 1950s, just before he leaves for the ball park. The Robinsons were married for 26 years before his death in 1972. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

Baseball legend Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. In this 1947 photograph, Mr. Robinson is holding his contract to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was 66 years ago this April that Mr. Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Photo: Bettman/Corbis

Baseball legend Jackie Robinson was born on this day in 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. In this 1947 photograph, Mr. Robinson is holding his contract to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was 66 years ago this April that Mr. Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Photo: Bettman/Corbis

Minnie Riperton and tennis legend Arthur Ashe at the Arthur Ashe Roast at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 1976. Photo by EBONY photographer Isaac Sutton.

Minnie Riperton and tennis legend Arthur Ashe at the Arthur Ashe Roast at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 1976. Photo by EBONY photographer Isaac Sutton.