Several Negro Stars To Play In N.B.A. This Winter (1950)

On October 31, 2008, in History, NBA, Race, by Black Fives Foundation

Today is the anniversary of the first black players to play in the N.B.A. From the Chester (Pa.) Times, on October 20, 1950: Several Negro basketball stars will be members of the teams in the National Basketball Association for the first time this winter. Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton of the Harlem Globetrotters, and Chuck Cooper, Duquesne […]

16th Annual Pop Lloyd Awards In Atlantic City

On October 7, 2008, in Culture, Goodwill, History, Kids, Motivation, Race, by Black Fives Foundation

Judging from what I saw at the 16th Annual John Henry “Pop” Lloyd Humanitarian and Youth Awards in Atlantic City last weekend, this event just keeps getting better.

John Isaacs, Basketball Pioneer, Harlem Rens Star, Turns 93

On September 29, 2008, in Community, History, by Black Fives Foundation

Happy birthday to John Isaacs, former New York Rens basketball star, born September 30, 1915.

Basketball Hall of Fame To Have Special Black History Review Committee (But …)

On September 8, 2008, in History, NBA, Race, by Black Fives Foundation

The Basketball Hall of Fame will form a special review committee to look at overlooked African American candidates, but there’s a catch.

September Birthdays, Black Fives Era Basketball Pioneers

On September 2, 2008, in History, by Black Fives Foundation

Here are some September birthdays. John Isaacs.

Vintage (1920s) Original Celtics vs. Boston Celtics

On June 5, 2008, in Culture, History, NBA, Race, by Claude Johnson

The all-white team that used to battle all-black teams like the New York Rens, Commonwealth Big Five, Ciralsky Meat Packers, and Harlem Globetrotters, is now an all-black team.

Was Baseball Racial Integration Leader? Or Basketball?

On June 3, 2008, in History, Motivation, Race, by Black Fives Foundation

To say that basketball “must still acknowledge baseball’s contribution to their diversity” is not even in the ballpark. If anything it’s the other way around.

My Cameo In A Tribute Film About Knicks’ Lapchick And Clifton

On February 27, 2008, in Community, Culture, NBA, Race, by Claude Johnson

I had the honor of a cameo appearance in the short MSG Network film about NBA pioneers Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton and Joe Lapchick.

Jackie Robinson, Pro Basketball Star

On January 31, 2008, in Culture, History, NBA, Politics, Race, by Black Fives Foundation

Jackie Robinson was much better at basketball than at baseball, and may have been the finest hoops player of his time.

The Hidden Story: Rens Break Pre-NBA Color Barrier, 1948

On December 18, 2007, in Business, Community, Culture, History, NBA, Race, by Black Fives Foundation

On December 19, 1948, the Harlem Rens made history by replacing the Detroit Vagabond Kings of the National Basketball League and debuting as the new Dayton Rens. But, was it a raw deal?

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—Lester Walton, pioneering African American sportswriter for the New York Age, 1907

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