AfriGeneas at the Movies
Re: The Secret Game
In Response To: The Secret Game ()
It brought back many memories of discussions with men who attended HBCU's during the 1940's, played basketball at their respective schools and later served in the military. Also the aspect of 'oral interviewing' was brought home in formal classes taught by the late Joseph Lewis, PhD, Central State University, Wilberforce , Ohio to his fellow members of AAGGMV.
The North Carolina Central Univ. team in the story was a member of the CIAA ... Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The 1943-1944 CIAA Championship team from West Virginia State Univ. was reportedly the 'best' college basketball team in the country, white or Black, with Earl Lloyd, a team member, helping to break the color barrier to the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Mr. Bennie McRae, the former manager of the AfriGeneas MIlitary Fourm did a fantastic job in his work with WW II veterans from the Dayton, Ohio area and an Australian doucmentary film crew in putting together "Black Soldier Blues" about the experience of Black solidiers serving in Australia and the South Pacific.
One of those interviewed, Jay Crosby, now deceased, spoke of his Black units playing basketball against white units in Australia and them being rooted for and cheered on by the Australians.
For some background on "Black Soldiers Blues" http://tinyurl.com/26k5688
Thanks for sharing the Duke-NCC story which gives an indepth view of those dangerous days of rigidly enforced segregation laws.
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