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original_pioneers1f4a4a.jpgFox Sports Net Teams Up with NBA Players for TV Vignettes Honoring Black Fives Era Pioneers

Fox Sports Net, in collaboration with the Black Fives Foundation, has produced a new series of film vignettes called Original Pioneers, that the network has begun airing on its NBA affiliate stations. Furthermore, FSN asked a total of 35 current NBA players to appear in the vignettes, to discuss corresponding Black Fives Era pioneers with whom they are teamed up … MORE.

Scholarship-Contest.pngBasketball History Scholarship Contest

A new $1,000 scholarship contest by our friends at the New York Historical Society Museum & Library, in celebration of The Black Fives Exhibition opening March 14, 2014. Metropolitan area high school students are invited to submit original essays, videos, or photographs on the theme of using basketball to achieve a bigger social or community cause … MORE

usry-contract.jpgJim Usry’s 1946 New York Rens Professional Basketball Player Contract

A look at power forward Jim Usry’s one-year exclusive renewable professional basketball player contract with the New York Rens, signed in 1946. The contract will be on display in the New York Historical Society Museum’s upcoming Black Fives Exhibition, which opens March 14, 2014 and runs through July 20, 2014. Usry signed for $500 a month, including disability insurance … MORE

NYHSM-Objects17.jpgA Tale Of Two Passes

This is a tale of two passes. Two very different kinds of passes, but connected to one another.

One is a media pass to a history-making event, the 1948 World Championship of Professional Basketball, which featured the New York Rens and Minneapolis Lakers in the Final. The other is an errant pass resulting in a turnover that may have changed history … MORE

bucky-lew-2.jpgHarry ‘Bucky’ Lew, America’s First Black Pro Hoopster

“Here it is all Lew and the colored boy certainly is making good in grand style … his playing in each game is right up to the limit and it takes a good man to get away with him.”

The Lowell Sun, December 1903 … MORE

B5_Day_Proclamation_Lo.jpgBlack Fives Day Proclamation, Office of the Mayor, City of New York

Download your own free high-resolution copy of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Proclamation declaring February 10, 2013 as Black Fives Day for the City of New York. Print and frame it, or set it up as a background or wallpaper!

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