“Barnstormin”- The Historical Journey of African American Basketball Players – The Beginning Years 1891 - 1960
All American “Jumpin Johnny” Kline played with the Harlem Globetrotters from 1953 though 1959, then returned to Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan to earn his Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees.
He has put together a “Barnstormin” exhibit of the history of the African American Legends of Professional Basketball. This exhibit is unique and covers all the major teams and stars in African American professional basketball from 1891 through 1960.
This exhibit includes Paul LeRoy Bustill Robeston who was a multi-lingual American actor, an athlete, a Basso cantata concert singer, a writer and a civil rights activist. Paul Robeston was also the star of the St. Christopher Club basketball team that won the Colored Basketball World Championship in 1917.
The exhibit contains photos of teams and players through the 1920’s and 1930’s that feature the New York Renaissance team called the “Rens” and the Harlem Globetrotters.
This “Barnstormin” exhibit is unique and educates fans about the history of African American professional basketball players up to their start in the National Basketball Association (NBA) when they allowed only two Black players per NBA team. The irony is, today when left up to player ability only, over 93 % of all players in the NBA are African American.
This exhibit is available to educate the public about African American player’s contributions to the game of Professional Basketball. Here are some of the photos from this exhibit with Dr. Kline.
There are more fans that need to know the contribution that African American pioneer players made to professional basketball. Contact me by phone at (615) 457-3418 for more information about this exhibit.
Dr. John L. Kline Ph.D.
Founder and President
Black Legends of Professional Basketball Foundation