And Today Is…

September 6 is the day in 1927 when the Harlem Globetrotters were founded, with the team choosing to include Harlem in their name (even though the original members were from Chicago) because of its central role in African-American culture. By the late 1940’s, the Globetrotters were a big draw and a top-rate team, beating the (white) Minneapolis Lakers twice — in spite of any fishy foul-calls by the referees.


TomFreeland

That's not the only use like that-- there was a quite popular 30s Chicago band called the Harlem Hamfats.

One member, Kansas Joe McCoy was from Mississippi. His first wife, Memphis Minnie, was born in Algiers, Louisiana, raised in Walls, Mississippi, and had most of career in Chicago.

Neither of them lived or worked in Harlem, Kansas City, or for very long in Memphis....

TomFreeland

That's not the only use like that-- there was a quite popular 30s Chicago band called the Harlem Hamfats.

One member, Kansas Joe McCoy was from Mississippi. His first wife, Memphis Minnie, was born in Algiers, Louisiana, raised in Walls, Mississippi, and had most of career in Chicago.

Neither of them lived or worked in Harlem, Kansas City, or for very long in Memphis....