Carnegie Johnson with Sheryl Swoopes

Sheryl Swoopes with Carnegie Johnson. (Claude Johnson)

Welcome to another episode of Carnegie Chats!

Please join our 12-year-old junior reporter Carnegie Johnson, who shares his chats with accomplished sports figures in fun and revealing audio episodes!

In this episode, Carnegie chats with Sheryl Swoopes, whose basketball accomplishments include an NCAA National Championships title, four WNBA titles, three Olympic gold medals, and recent enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame!

Carnegie is joined by Claude Johnson, historian and founder of the Black Fives Foundation, to lend historical views that link back to the Black Fives Era, and their relevance today.

The result is a glimpse at how Swoopes’ wisdom and domination of the game are reminiscent of Philadelphia’s early African American hoops pioneer Ora Mae Washington, who helped pave the way for her and is also deserving of Hall of Fame recognition.

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Carnegie Johnson is a 12-year-old middle school honor roll student who plays basketball as a D1 AAU national championship winning point guard and football as a Pop Warner national championship winning running back.