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Harlem Globetrotters

America's Court Jesters

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters were once the most dominant basketball team in the country. The all black team was formed in the 1920s by a Chicago playground supervisor, Abe Saperstein. In their travels, the Globetrotters were faced with countless amounts of racism. Incorporating clowning into their game helped whites accept them. For more than seven decades, the Globetrotters broke color barriers in the NBA, had a cartoon based on them, became movies stars and U.S. Ambassadors of Goodwill.

How did the Harlem Globetrotters get their name?