Claude Johnson is an author, a historian, and the founder/CEO of BlackFives.com, a leading resource in honoring and promoting the pre-1950 history of African American basketball teams and its pioneers. He tweets @claudejohnson.
Caribbean immigrants not only helped lead the emergence of basketball among blacks in the earliest days of the sport but also dominated African-American hoops in the early 1900s. This wasn’t just on the court. West Indians were at the top of the power structure that ruled New York City’s black basketball scene