Basket-Ball Is Growing In ‘Cracker-land’

On January 13, 2009, in Culture, History, Politics, Race, by Claude Johnson

A 1926 article from black radical journal The Messenger, states, “In some places even in ‘Cracker-land,’ economic considerations are making for games between teams of white and Colored players. Good sportsmanship is the rule … and is robbing prejudice of much of its power.”

Friday Free Throws

On November 7, 2008, in History, by Black Fives Foundation

We had some very significant basketball history milestones this week. The Loendi Big Five On November 5, 1900, the Loendi Social and Literary Club was incorporated in Pittsburgh, Pa. The club’s basketball team, the Loendi Big Five, dominated black basketball during the 1910s and early 1920s. The organization itself was the most prestigious African American […]

My Evening With David McCullough (You Are What You Read)

On October 6, 2008, in Books, History, Motivation, Politics, Relationships, by Claude Johnson

The title of David McCullough’s sold out lecture last night in the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Public Library was “You Are What You Read.”

September Birthdays, Black Fives Era Basketball Pioneers

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

Here are some September birthdays. John Isaacs.

Negro Wages In 1910s, Compared To Money Opportunities Playing Basketball

On August 6, 2008, in Business, Community, Culture, History, Race, by Black Fives Foundation

In 1916 the price for a room at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City was $2.00 to $3.00 per night. How did that compare to the average wages of Negroes back then?


On July 8, 2008, in Community, Culture, Race, by Claude Johnson

The immense role Andrew Carnegie played in helping support and sustain Tuskegee Institute and Booker T. Washington ties directly back to the Black Fives Era.

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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