Accooe Descendant’s Story Comes Full Circle In Harlem

On September 17, 2009, in Community, Culture, Family, History, Kids, Relationships, Religion, by Black Fives Foundation

This story from a Black Fives Era descendant links the distant basketball past with the funeral of New York Renaissance star John Isaacs earlier this year.

Smart Set Athletic Club

On July 23, 2008, in , by Black Fives Foundation

The Smart Set Athletic Club of Brooklyn was founded in 1904 and is credited with assembling the first formally organized and independent all-black basketball team, which debuted in 1907.

Smart Set Athletic Club Members, Where In Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy They Lived

On July 3, 2008, in Community, Culture, Family, Motivation, Race, Women, by Black Fives Foundation

The site of the former home of Smart Set Athletic Club founding father Edwin F. Horne, grandfather of Lena Horne, is now a playground in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn.

New York All Stars, First All-Black Hoops Team with Profit Motive

On February 12, 2008, in Business, Motivation, NBA, Race, by Black Fives Foundation

The New York All Stars were the first African American basketball team to play the sport for financial gain.

Quote of the Month

“The wonder-player of ten or even five years ago lives only in the memory of contemporary worshipers of his brief scintillating days in the limelight. His picture hung on the walls of his Alma Mater, his name on a cup, a book of clippings, and the record of his team connect him with the string of those gone to live only in reminiscences.”
– Edwin Bancroft Henderson, 1939

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