The Harlem Globetrotters

Don Sterling’s comments exposed the undertone of racism that still exists in professional basketball. No players are more aware of the bias against blacks than those who played for the Harlem Globetrotters in the 40s & 50s. Long after Jackie Robinson hit his first ball as a Dodger, the NBA was still a “whites only” league. This ARISE News Special takes a historical look at the early days of professional basketball and how the Harlem Globetrotters dealt with the racism they faced. It includes interviews with former Globetrotters: Wilt Chamberlain; Meadowlark Lemon; Marques Haynes; William “Pop” Gates; Gene Hudgins; Andy Johnson, Charlie Hoxie; and Carl Green.

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