From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Washington, Robert L. "Bobby"

(born: 1947) 

Bobby Washington was born in in Lexington, KY. A 5'11" guard, he attended old Dunbar High School in Lexington, where he was an all-state basketball player. He played his college ball at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) from 1966-1969, one of the first three African American players at the school; the other two were Garfield Smith and Toke Coleman. Washington scored a total of 1,221 points during his college career. He was drafted in 1970 by the Kentucky Colonels, an American Basketball Association (ABA) team, and was then picked up by the Cleveland Cavaliers, for whom he played for two years. Washington played in 118 games and scored 700 points during the three years of his professional career. He returned to Kentucky and coached the Bryan Station High School basketball team for 17 years; his teams won more than 300 games and six district titles. For more see Bobby Washington at; and M. Fields, "Dunbar days still the best for Washington - '63 finals special to KHSAA Hall inductee," Lexington Herald-Leader, 03/15/2005.


Access Interview  Read about the Bobby Washington oral history interviews available in the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, item records in the SPOKE Database. 


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NKAA Entry: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Entry: Smith, Garfield
NKAA Entry: Coleman, Fielding "Toke"
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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NKAA Entry:  Coleman, Fielding "Toke"
NKAA Entry:  Smith, Garfield

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