A holiday letter from Julia Alexander, descendant of Black Fives Era pioneer and star player Hudson “Huddy” Oliver, and a founding member of the Black Fives Foundation’s board of directors.
Edwin B. Henderson — a Black Fives Era pioneer who is known as the “Grandfather of Black Basketball” — has been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame! He is “unsung” no more.
Clarence ‘Fats’ Jenkins was the captain and on-court leader of the New York Renaissance (‘Rens’) professional basketball team from 1925 to 1940, leading the team to an 88-game winning streak in 1933 and to the World Pro Basketball Tournament title in 1939.
This is what makes it so difficult for some Black Fives Era players to be fairly considered for comparison and recognition by the committee members responsible for selecting inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame.