The Black Fives Foundation works to research, preserve, exhibit, and promote the pre-1950 history of African Americans in basketball to engage, teach, and inspire youth and others while honoring its pioneers and their descendants.
We work with the pre-1950 history of African American basketball teams (the “Black Fives Era”) in order to:
- promote educational advancement,
- stimulate interest in history and the humanities,
- teach leadership and character development,
- enrich appreciation of culture and the arts,
- build fitness and health awareness,
- encourage community-based youth programming,
- illuminate sports industry career opportunities,
- advocate for the recognition of the era’s pioneers and their descendants, and,
- enable these efforts through innovative uses of technology as well as via traditional means.