Nashville, TN, January 04, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- “Jumpin Johnny” Kline played basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters from 1953 – 1959. According to blacklegends.org, he was, “only 6-feet, 3-inches tall,” but still, “considered the best power forward in basketball from 1950-1960.” His profile on the website goes on to say that he led his Wayne State University and Harlem Globetrotter teams in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals while defending much taller players on opposing teams.
After his playing career with the Globetrotters ended, Kline earned a doctorate in history and philosophy of education. He founded The Black Legends of Basketball in 1996, an organization that recognizes pioneers in the game of basketball.
Ten Black Legends of Basketball who graduated from Tennessee State University and went on to play with the Globetrotters will be honored during Black History Month in 2013 with an exhibit and special event. It will be held at the Church of Scientology on 8th Avenue South. The church pastor, Rev. Brian Fesler, says, “We are very excited to host this event. It is important to recognize the struggle and courage these men had. They were pioneers, and deserve to be honored for their place in the history of human rights as much as basketball.”
The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 16, 2013. The exhibit will open that day and will remain open to the public for one week in the church’s community room and hall.
For more information, contact Rev. Fesler at 615-687-4600.