Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton will be honored by his alma mater, Chicago’s DuSable High School, on Friday June 6, from 3pm to 7pm. The event is called “Honoring the Past Present and Future.” The DuSable High School Alumni Coalition is proud to host the event and very proud of Clifton, who will be inducted into America’s Basketball Hall of Fame in August. Click here to glimpse Clifton as a New York Knick:
Clifton graduated from DuSable High School in 1942. When he joined the New York Knicks in 1950, he became the first African American to sign with an NBA team. His skills and presence on the court were legendary. Clifton also played for the Harlem Globetrotters and The Detroit Pistons. He participated in the Baseball Negro Leagues as well. He died in 1990.
Click below to see some of the societal attitudes that Clifton faced as an NBA candidate:
Actor Wood Harris will portray Clifton in a movie currently in production called “Sweetwater.”
DuSable High School opened in Bronzeville in 1935 and members of many graduating classes will attend this special event. Timuel Black who graduated in 1937 will be in attendance along with Wanda Bridgeforth who graduated in 1939.
Charles “Sweet Charlie” Brown of DuSable High School’s famous 1954 basketball team will honor Clifton and other DuSable Panthers high school basketball greats will be present as well. Paxton Lumkin, another luminary on the 1954 DuSable Panther team, will be represented by his nephew, WVAZ radio personality, Ramonski Luv.
The DuSable Panthers of 2014 rallied this year to make it to Illinois play offs in a dramatic way and they will be honored for that distinction. Click below to see the winning attitude of this year’s DuSable Panthers:
3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, along with other dignitaries, will be in attendance. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, will be a featured speaker.
Successes of DuSable’s small schools will also be noted.
Dr. Grace Dawson is president of the DuSable High School Alumni Coalition, and Vice President Marynette Giles is the chair of this event.
DuSable High School is located at 4934 So. Wabash Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.
Next year will be DuSable High School’s 80th anniversary. Last year DuSable High School was officially declared a Chicago Landmark. The DuSable High School Alumni Coalition is looking forward to this year’s August induction of Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
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