"Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball"

Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball’s all-time-greatest players—an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the first professional African American players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels and restaurants turned Elgin away because he was Black. One night, Elgin had enough and staged a one-man protest that captured the attention of the press, the public, and the NBA.

Read by Colby Lewis, who is a Principal Standby in the North American Tour of Hamilton.

Published in 2020 by Abrams Books for Young Readers

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