Role Models for Rough Times James Naismith and John McLendon - theHumm June 2020
Role Models for Rough Times James Naismith and John McLendon - theHumm June 2020
Just as we were going to print, stories about the death of George Floyd started hitting the news and social media. theHumm doesn’t report on breaking news, but we thought this information about an Ottawa Valley icon and a basketball player he encountered at the University of Kansas in the 1930s might inspire.
From the play Naismith Is Colourblind (and He Can’t Drive) by Fern Martin:
In 1933 a black father dropped off his 18-year-old son, John McLendon, at the University of Kansas and told him to talk to James Naismith. John showed up at James’ office.
Naismith welcomed the youth into the program and invited him, as he did with all students, to swim at the University pool. And John could swim — he was the lifeguard at the black pool in Kansas City. But there was a problem. When John swam, the white students left the pool, and afterwards the University janitors would drain the pool. Naismith positioned two of his strongest athletes to stand by while John swam and after he completed his swim.
Then someone put up signs warning white students against swimming in the pool. Naismith removed the signs and took them to the president of the University, who supported his action.
Then he staged a dramatic demonstration. He took his students aside, pricked the finger of a white student and then John McLendon’s finger, and showed that they shared the same colour of blood and stated that each had the same feelings as part of their humanity. The only difference was a very slight thickness of the pigment of the skin.
John B. McLendon Jr. (April 5, 1915 – October 8, 1999) was an American basketball coach who is recognized as the first African American basketball coach at a predominantly European-American university and the first African American head coach in any professional sport. He was a major contributor to the development of modern basketball and coached at both the college and professional levels during his career.
From ‘Forgotten’ no more: Coach and Naismith protégé John McLendon broke color barriers in basketball (published in Lawrence Journal-World):
The first person to be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as both coach and contributor, McLendon was first added as a contributor in 1979 and then as a coach in 2016.
“Their relationship was one of the amazing things in the film [Fast Break: The Legendary John McLendon]. Through McLendon you get to know this other side of James Naismith that I don’t think people talk enough about,” [director Kevin] Willmott said. Instead of strictly winning and losing, “he sees basketball as a way to better society and make better men.”
McLendon’s integration efforts continued through his career. “He not only labored tirelessly so that black college teams could participate in national tournaments, but also fought just as hard for equal access off the court,” [McLendon biographer Milton S.] Katz wrote in his hall of fame article. “McLendon refused to bring his Tennessee State team to the 1954 NAIA Tournament in Kansas City unless they would be allowed to stay in the same hotel and eat in the same restaurants as the white teams. He won that battle and essentially integrated downtown Kansas City.”
Where to Find the June Humm - theHumm June 2020
We’re heading out to deliver the June issue of theHumm! Because things have changed a wee bit since the last time we did our distribution, here’s a list of the places we will be trying to deliver to. Hours and more information can be found at the links. Happy Humm hunting!
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