The name Oscar Robertson is often mentioned in the same sentences as Jackie Robinson in terms of his influence on ending segregation and mitigating racism in sports. But even though he’s arguably the best and most accomplished basketball player the state of Indiana has ever produced, his high school, college, and professional career were plagued with prejudice. After winning the state championship for his all black high school Crispus Attucks in 1955 and 1956, Robertson and his team were banned from participating in the traditional parade through Indianapolis’s historic city center both years, being limited instead to traveling through the city’s black neighborhoods.
The Brainbox heard that story and wanted to make things right. We organized a parade of champions celebrating all living state champions in IHSAA’s 100 year history, making sure the ’55 and ‘56 Crispus Attucks teams could finally take their rightful place.
Helping this man finally get the respect he deserved forty years later remains one of the the Brainbox team’s proudest moments.