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Black Fives: The Alpha Physical Culture Club's Pioneering African American Basketball Team, 1904-1923 (Volume 1) Paperback – April 2, 2012
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Claude Johnson is the founder and C.E.O. of Black Fives, Inc., a vintage sports organization which strives to be the world’s leading resource and steward for the research, preservation, education, and promotion of the pre-1950 history of African-American basketball teams, as well as a leading advocate for the proper recognition of its pioneers and their contributions. This is his first book. Born in Vienna, Austria, Johnson's father is African American, from the South Side of Chicago, and his mother was German, from the Römerstadt section of Frankfurt am Main. He also lived in Leopoldville in the Republic of the Congo (now Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo) before moving to the United States with his parents at the age of six. Johnson has held management and executive positions in various disciplines during a 20-year career in corporate America that included IBM, American Express, NBA Properties, Nike, Phat Farm, and Benetton Sportsystem. He has B.S. Civil Engineering and M.S. Mechanical Engineering degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University, respectively. His insightful, evocative articles and commentaries have been published in SLAM Magazine, Bounce Magazine, and on his own blog at BlackFives.com. Johnson has appeared on television and radio programs as well as in print, in a variety of venues that include NPR, Sirius Radio, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and ESPN. Johnson is a lecturer and motivational speaker, a trustee of the Greenwich Public Library, an accomplished hobby photographer, and a volunteer youth football coach. The former candidate for the Connecticut State House of Representatives is a concerned parent-citizen when it comes to education and kids’ health. Johnson, his wife, and their three boys live in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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I thought it was fantastic and I want to thank you and commend you for a job well done. And thank you for letting me be a small part of it. Looking forward to the subsequent chapters/books.
"BLACK FIVES: The Alpha Physical Culture Club's Pioneering African American Basketball Team, 1904-1923" is chock-ful of great and necessary history along with a fantastic depiction of achievement among peoples of the African Diaspora. I'm so excited for the next book in the series!
Claude Johnson's book series is not only a grand springboard for opening the discussion of the history of our people in basketball, but also a depiction of us as well-rounded, diverse in ancestry, healthy and positive contributors to society. This book is a dispelling of the popularly promoted images of unvaried "blackness" and I am beyond glad that it was written.