BLACK SPORTS LEGENDS IMPACT
AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
FOUNDATION MISSION STATEMENT
Our history is replete with race, religion, tribes, cults, dialects, dynasties, clans and other units whose place in history rose and fell on the assumptions placed on their contributions in history "or value" to society. Our history is also replete with instances of how certain universal factors tend to overcome strong cultural, ethnic factors. Regional or national differences provide us with momentary relief from the competitive nature of our existence. Two such unifying, universal, cohesive factors are music and athletic competition. American sports is one of the most powerfully unifying forces in American society today. In fact, sports is an institution unto itself.
The Black Sports Legends History and Culture Foundation was established to pay tribute and simultaneously examine the black sports legends of baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf, tennis, track and field, and all other areas of sports.
The foundation will work to secure funding for a custom-designed bus, which will serve as a traveling museum built with the latest computer technology and large screen monitors with documentary data on black legends from Charlie Wiggins, the "Negro Speed King" of auto racing in 1926, to the Negro League's baseball all-star's Leroy "Satchel" Page, to Jackie Robinson who broke the color barrier in 1947 signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers, to Fritz Pollard, the first true black giant in NFL history; to Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali in boxing, to John McLendon, Clarence "Big House" Gains, to John Thompson in black college basketball; to Edward Morrison ,Cleve S. Abbott, Earl Banks, Edwards P Hurt, Alonzo (Jake) Gaither, and Eddie Robinson in black college football 9. to Arthur Ash, Althea Gibson and the Williams sisters in tennis; and others who are legends in their fields of sport. Special emphasis will be paid to their impact on social change in today's society. The foundation will have as its primary emphases:
(1) To develop a National Collegiate Film Festival tour using film as an educational approach to educate today's youth on who the local and national black sports legends are and their impact on American society locally and nationally.
(2) To serve as a fundraising and marketing tool for other 501C 3 organizations, colleges and universities.
(3) To market a national seat belt safety advertising campaign titled: "Protecting Our Future -- As We Ride on the Greatness of Our Ancestors, the Greatness of Our Future Lives in You... Please Buckle Up: Black College Legends of the Game."
(4) To attempt to identify an HBCU library to serve as a sports archive to house the sports, books, magazines, films, and articles written by legendary sports writers such as Sam Lacy of the Washington Afro-American newspaper and Eric "Rick" Roberts of the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper.
(5) To develop the Black Sports Legends Foundation Traveling Museum for use as a national advertising and marketing tool to help generate interest among American and international tourists in visiting the more than 106 Afro-American museums in the United States and abroad.
(6) To identify those legendary Black high schools, coaches and players in the pre-integration era and the impact of their loss in the post-integration era on black communities nationally.
(7) To identify state halls of fame and to mobilize a national movement to get legendary black school coaches' and players' names nominated for induction in the halls of fame around the country.
(8) To identify undergraduate or graduate students in the field of sports to assist in conducting research on the role of sports and its impact on social change in American society and its impact on bringing about that change.
(9) To target the first black American Olympians past and present to medal in different areas of sports, from Jesse Owens in 1936 to Audrey "Mickey" Patterson in 1948, Wilma Rudolph in 1960, John Carlos and Tommie Smith in 1968, Edwin Moses in 1984, and Carl Lewis in 1988; and their impact on bringing about social change and economic justice for blacks in American society today.
(10) To develop an interactive website, which will pay special tribute to players who have been named to the Pittsburgh Courier Black All-American Teams, and SBN Sports Black College All- American Teams, conference championships records for CIAA, MEAC, SIAC, SWAC, and Black College National Champions from 1920 to present, along with all four conferences' championship records, and the history of Black College Football through the eyes of Eric (Rick) Roberts, former Pittsburgh Courier sports writer, and other widely respected black sports historians.
(11) To work to secure funding to develop a film consortium to assist aspiring film producers in partnering with experienced film producers to develop documentary films on the lives of many legendary sports figures whose stories need to be told.