NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, African American, Howard University, Journalists

Sam Lacy
(October 23, 1903 - May 8, 2003)

1910 13th St. NW, historic U Street neighborhood, DC.

A pioneering African-American and Native American sportswriter, reporter, columnist, editor, and TV/radio commentator, Lacy worked in the sports journalism field for over eight decades. Lacy was the first African American to be a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, a recipient of the the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing, and be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

Born in Mystic, Connecticut, Lacy moved to DC. as a young boy. After graduation from Howard University, he worked as a journalist with the Washington Tribune, The Chicago Defender and, for 60 years, the Baltimore Afro-American.

His autobiography, Fighting for Fairness: The Life Story of Hall of Fame Sportswriter Sam Lacy, details his efforts to integrate professional sports and documents life in the district during segregation.


775 Hobart Place NW, Columbia Heights neighborhood, DC.