The Harlem Globetrotters Fight Racism Short Screening and Discussion

photo of basketball jersey of Harlem Globe Trotter Curly Neal #22
Date & Time
Friday, October 6, 2017 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
No Registration Required
About this Event

Venue: African American History and Culture Museum Event Location: Oprah Winfrey Theater Cost: Free.  Registration suggested. Get Tickets: Related Exhibition: Sports: Leveling the Playing Field Though known today for their comedic exhibitions and seemingly impossible displays of passing and dribbling, the Harlem Globetrotters of the 1940s and 1950s were a competitive basketball powerhouse and arguably the most powerful basketball franchise in the world. Playing a fast-paced, athletic style of basketball characterized by other great early-twentieth-century black teams like the New York Renaissance, the Globetrotters won the 1940 World Professional Basketball Tournament and beat the best white team, the Minneapolis Lakers, in both 1948 and 1949.  NMAAHC Sports Curator, Damion Thomas, Ph.D. and former  teammembers such as John Howard, Jr., Ph.D., William "Pony" Wilson, Bobby "Zoro" Hunter, Charles "Choo" Smith, Carl Green and Kevin Lloyd, son of the great Earl Lloyd  will consider the Globe Trotters of the 1950s, a pivotal period when black basketball was subsumed by the NBA and became the standard style of play, the teams brand, and evolution.

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