Black History Culture : THE BLACK FIVES

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    Just after basketball was invented in 1891, teams were called "fives" in reference to their five starting players. Basketball, like American society, was racially segregated. Teams made up entirely of black players were known as BLACK FIVES®. The sport remained segregated from 1891 until the integration of the National Basketball Association in 1950. The period in between became known as the BLACK FIVES® Era as dozens of amateur, semi-pro, and professional all-black teams- sponsored by or affiliated with churches, businesses, social clubs, colleges, and "Colored" YMCAs-emerged, flourished, and matured, decades before the NBA was even born.

    Every game was a great social event, accompanied by a full orchestra or band with dancing afterwards well past midnight. Although there was never a black professional basketball league like baseball had, independent BLACK FIVES® played within a well-organized nationwide barnstorming circuit and commanded national attention in the Negro press while battling for the annual right to be called "Colored Basketball World's Champions."

    The BLACK FIVES® Era spanned what were perhaps America's darkest yet most colorful years, a rich period that included the First Black Migration, the emergence of the phonograph, radio, and entertainment culture, the explosion of jazz, ragtime, and the blues, vice reform, lynchings and race riots, the ballroom dancing craze, Prohibition, the Roaring '20s, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, two World Wars, and the Golden Age of Sports. BLACK FIVES® fostered hope, pride, unity, and self-esteem among African Americans during the most pivotal period in black history of the last century. They were true basketball pioneers whose desire simply to play and develop the game opened doors for generations of black players, leaving a worldwide legacy that inspires all ballers.

    Paul Robeson: St. Christopher Club, Harlem, New York City
    Robeson first joined the "St. C.'s" in 1916 as a sophomore at Rutgers University, where he won twelve varsity letters and was a two-time All American in football. As a huge power forward with the nickname "Tiny", he led St. Christopher to three Colored World Championships including the 1919 title while attending law school at Columbia University. Robeson also played two seasons of pro football including one year in the early National Football League before becoming a world renowned Broadway and film actor, recording artist, concert performer, radio star, human rights activist, cultural promoter, and goodwill ambassador. Yet he would later say, "of all these activities the closest to my heart remains the St. C."

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