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Spinning the Globe: The History and Legacy of the Harlem Globetrotters

National Archives Museum

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT

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The legendary Harlem Globetrotters basketball team has since entertained millions of people and spread goodwill throughout the globe. Originally all-male and all-African American, the team has since recruited women and persons of Asian and European descent. Since the 1950s, the U.S. Department of State has sent the Globetrotters all over the world as “Ambassadors of Goodwill.” Drawing on National Archives records, this panel discussion will focus on the history and legacy of the Harlem Globetrotters. Joining us for the discussion will be two current players—Fatima “TNT” Lister and Chris “Handles” Franklin—former player and coach “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, and Ben Green, author of Spinning the Globe: The Rise, Fall, and Return to Greatness of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Black History Month Programming is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund.



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