Zachary 'Zach' Clayton

Zachary “Zack” Clayton.

Welcome to our second episode of the Make History Now podcast.

This episode is all about pioneering African American basketball star Zachary “Zach” Clayton, who will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in ceremonies this week.

Clayton, a native of Philadelphia who played on numerous African American teams during the Black Fives Era, was selected earlier this year by the Early African American Basketball Pioneers Committee.

In 1939, Clayton led the New York Rens to the inaugural World Championship of Professional Basketball title and was named to the All Tournament team. In 1943, he helped the Washington Bears win that same title while being named to the All Tournament Second Team. “We were able to beat the white teams because of our quickness,” Clayton remembered years later.

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