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Supreme Courts DC Basketball Trailer Part of Feb. 20 Historical Society Event

Please join DC Basketball at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 for a night of film screeings, book signings, and discussion of the work of education visionaries Dr. E.B. Henderson and Sears president Julius Rosenwald:

“Visionaries of Black Education: Julius Rosenwald and Dr. E.B. Henderson”

Segregation circumscribed the educational opportunities of black children in the early twentieth century. In Washington the black community persevered and provided the best educational opportunities possible within this system. Both Julius Rosenwald and Dr. Edwin B. Henderson Both Julius Rosenwald and E.B. Henderson contributed to this cause by helping to build key institutions supporting black education. We present a series of short film clips and a panel discussion that will explore the impact of their vision upon black education.

Juius Rosenwald, the son of German immigrants and owner of Sears Roebuck, provided matching funds for black schools in rural areas areas and Black YMCAs in urban areas. The first of these challenge grants went towards the construction of the 12th Street YMCA. This gift originated as a response to an appeal by President William Howard Taft and supplemented funds provided in roughly equal parts by the central YMCA Administration, John D. Rockefeller, and the Washington black community. Opened in April 1912, the 12th Street Y (now the Thurgood Marshall Center) remains a vital part of the U Street neighborhood and still provides educational programming to children.

Edwin B. Henderson transformed the educational opportunities of black children by introducing physical education into public schools. In 1907, he introduced basketball to the black community by forming a Howard University team and a Black Basketball League. When the YMCA opened, Henderson organized its basketball team, one that became the best black basketball team in the nation. For these efforts, Henderson earned the moniker, “the grandfather of black basketball,” and in 2013 an induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Proposed schedule of events

Introduction by HSW, host

Welcome and introduction by moderator: Bijan Bayne, author, Elgin Baylor: The First Superstar


”Rosenwald Schools,” work in progress

Introduced by Aviva Kempner

“Basketball; More than A Game the story of Dr. Edwin B. Henderson”

Introduced by Edwin B. Henderson, II

“Supreme Courts: How Washington Changed Basketball, “ trailer (3:30 min.)

Introduced by Pennington Greene, Executive Director, D.C. Basketball Institute

Panel discussion:

Bob Kuska, author, Hot Potato: How Washington and New York Gave Birth to Basketball and Changed America’s Game Forever

Aviva Kempner, producer/director, “The Rosenwald Schools”

Stephanie Deutsch, author, You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South

Edwin Henderson, grandson, Dr. E.B. Henderson, Tinner Hill Heritage Association

Audience Q & A

Book signings of books by Kuska and Deutsch to follow

Place: Auditorium, The Carnegie Library