An effort is under way to put Earl F. Lloyd, the NBA's first African-American player, on a U.S. stamp.
The Earl F. Lloyd Foundation started a Change.org petition on Aug. 25 to bring attention to the cause, which was launched about six months after Lloyd died on Feb. 26, 2015.
The petition reads as follows:
On October 31, 1950, Earl Francis Lloyd became the first African-American to play in a NBA basketball game. In 1955 Mr. Lloyd would become the first African-American to win a NBA World Championship. Earl Lloyd would later become the first NBA scout and assistant coach in 1960; and then the first full time NBA bench coach in 1972 with The Detroit Pistons. Earl Lloyd's groundbreaking achievements helped to pave the way for people of color and all minorities, not only in the world of sports but in all aspects of American life!
We are requesting the United States Postal Service, Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee to issue a Commemorative Stamp in honor of the late great Earl Francis Lloyd.
The petitioners are looking to get 500 signatures. At the time of this posting there are 352 signatures, I think we can do a lot better than 500 signatures. Click here to support the cause: U.S. Postal Service: Issue a Commemorative Stamp picturing the NBA Pioneer Earl F. Lloyd