The NCAA team was a beacon for racial integration in college basketball.
President Obama welcomed members of Loyola University’s 1963 NCAA men's basketball championship team to the Oval Office today.
The Loyola Ramblers, which featured four African-American starters, is regarded for promoting racial integration in college basketball. During a match-up now dubbed “The Game of Change,” the Chicago team defeated the all-white Mississippi State team 61-51.
The Mississippi State team had defied the state's governor, who heavily opposed playing an integrated team at the time.
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