There is a change.org petition established by the Earl F. Lloyd Foundation in requesting the United States Postal Service, Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to issue a Commemorative Stamp in honor of the late grate Earl Francis Lloyd.

Earl Francis Lloyd (1928-2015) was the first African American to play in the NBA for the Washington Capitols in 1950. Subsequently, he was also the first African American to both win an NBA Championship (1955) and first full-time bench coach for the Detroit Pistons in 1972. He was a pioneer and his groundbreaking achievements helped to pave the way for people of color and all minorities.

In high school, Lloyd was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference three times and the All-State Virginia Interscholastic Conference twice.  He was a 1946 graduate of Parker-Grey High School and received a scholarship to play basketball at West Virginia State University (an Land-Grant HBCU located in Institute, West Virginia and formerly West Virginia State College). Lloyd nickname was “Moon Fixer” because of his size and was known as a defensive specialist. He led West Virginia State to two CIAA conference and Tournament Championships in 1948 and 1949. He was named All-Conference three times (1948-50) and was All-American twice, as named by the Pittsburgh Courier (1949-50). As a senior, he averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds per game, while leading West Virginia State to a second-place finish in the CIAA Conference and Tournament Championship. In 1947-49, West Virginia State was the only undefeated team in the United States.

You can help in the cause by signing the petition on Change.org here. By signing the petition, you are contributing in making a historic moment history in the making!

Please share with others you may know who may be interested in signing as well as the entire HBCU community.

 

 

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