Lest We Forget

Craig Hodges

He won the NBA championship twice with the Chicago Bulls. After the first championship in 1991 Craig Hodges wore a white dashiki at the Bulls' White House reception. He also handed President Bush a letter in which he described the unfair treatment of Black people in America.

Craig Hodges continued his political activism throughout his career. He was not able to convince other basketball players like his teammate Michael Jordan to use their celebrity status to raise awareness about the situation of the Black inner-city communities.

The two-time champion claimed that after the second championship in 1992 the Chicago Bulls waived him because of his political activism. None of the other teams offered him a tryout, which ended Chris Hodges' career as a basketball player.