Our mission is to acknowledge and honor the Original Harlem Globetrotter and the players that played pre-1960. We believe that the public needs to be enlightened to injustices done to a group of young African American men who were the first American basketball team to travel the world while playing for one of the most recognizable ball teams in America as Good Will Ambassadors.
To educate the youth about these talented basketball players who amused the entire world with swift and intricate ball handling as well as precision drill routines that became the trademark of today's basketball entertainment. These players' reputations were renown around the world in the early twenty-first century and influenced many future young basketball players; however their popular acclaim could not grant them access to major white basketball leagues. The color of their skin and their talent was not considered equal to white basketball players and yet, they drew more attendance at each event then most professional league games. Taking their life lessons and being able to provide a platform to promote education for the future athlete.
The Andy Johnson Pre-1960 Original Harlem Globetrotter Organization will be preserved through research and collections of memorabilia of the era which will be housed in a museum. To provide the Community with tangible and lasting evidence of the past, present and future of true American sportsmen and sportswomen in our area and to instill Community pride in pioneers and accomplishments in the field of sports and the role sports has played in preserving all American basketball culture.
The Founder and President – Mark Johnson
Through the inspiration of my father Andrew Johnson (1941-2002), who was the only American professional basketball player that played in every professional league from the early 1950’s to late 60’s. (Harlem Globetrotters, NBA, NBL and the Eastern Basketball league). Andy Johnson had an unusual career in basketball. Before his passing, I had the opportunity to collaborate with him on the book entitled; Basketball Slave, the Andy Johnson Harlem Globetrotter/NBA Story. The completed memoir detailed his careeras one of the first Black pioneers of professional basketball. Due to the overwhelming response to this untold history the Andy Johnson Pre 1960 Original Harlem Globetrotter Organization and museum was founded. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving the rich history in African American basketball history.