Claude Johnson – “Black Fives” Basketball


Claude Johnson

As the NBA playoffs approach, it may come as a surprise to learn that there was a time when the league had no Black players. Instead, African Americans played on the pioneering “Black Fives” teams that existed prior to 1950, and those teams are now being honored in an exhibit at the New-York Historical Society. Claude Johnson, the founder and executive director of the Black Fives Foundation, joins us.