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If you will be in the Washington, DC area this Friday evening, February 22, please join Black Fives Foundation founder and executive director Claude Johnson as he moderates a pre-game panel discussion at the Verizon Center, hosted by the Washington Wizards as part of their African American Heritage Night celebration.

Washington Wizards logoThe discussion, entitled, “Monumental Leaps: The Significance of African Americans in Basketball,” will take place from 6pm-7pm in the Dewar’s Clubhouse, with three distinguished panelists: NBA Insider for NBA TV, NBA.com, and TNT David Aldridge; Sociologist, Author, and Social Change Activist Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and Washington Wizards/Bullets Alumni Association Executive Director Bob Dandridge.

“It will be such an honor just to meet these gentlemen in person, let alone to be moderating their panel discussion,” says Claude. “The timing is also quite significant, considering that just this past Friday, Black Fives Era pioneer Edwin Bancroft Henderson became the first African American contributor strictly from the pre-1950 period elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame since New York Rens owner Robert ‘Bob’ Douglas in 1972.”