With March Madness heating up, we look at first integrated high school basketball game in Louisiana
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It’s March Madness! And as the NCAA basketball tournament heats up in the Sweet 16 round starting tomorrow, we wanted to look back at the history of the sport in Louisiana.
Like schools, sports teams in Louisiana used to be segregated. And in New Orleans, even after the schools were integrated, sports leagues were still divided along racial lines. That was until 1965, when the principals of two New Orleans high schools decided to have their teams play one another, marking the first integrated high school basketball game in Louisiana.
Back in 2016, NPR’s Laine Kaplan Levenson reported this story for the TriPod podcast. Today, we give it a second listen.
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