Who We Are

Claude Johnson, Board of Advisors

johnsonClaude Johnson is an author, historian, writer, and founder of the Black Fives Foundation, a Greenwich, CT-based tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to research, preserve, showcase, and teach the pre-NBA history of African-American basketball while honoring its pioneers and their descendants. The Black Fives Foundation Archives contain the world's leading collection of historical artifacts from that period, known as the Black Fives Era.

During a 20-year career in corporate America, Claude held management and executive positions at IBM, American Express, NBA Properties, Nike, Phat Farm, and Benetton Sportsystem. He has a BS in Civil Engineering and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Johnson is the author of "Black Fives: The Alpha Physical Culture Club," the history of a pioneering early 20th century all-black basketball team, and is working on his second book. Editorial coverage of Johnson and his work has appeared in a wide variety of media that include the New York Times, the BBC, NPR, Slate, The Undefeated, The Root 24/7, Sports Illustrated, SI for Kids, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Sports Net, NBA TV, and ESPN. He is a former trustee of the Greenwich Public Library.

Claude and his family live in Greenwich, Connecticut.


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