Found an excellent website today that's new to me (by way of Deadspin) called blackfives.com. It is a very good source for information on black participation in the formative years of what became professional basketball in the United States. You thinks legends of Earl Manigault and Pee Wee Kirkland's deeds are fascinating? You should read this websites accounts of Harlem legends, like John Issacs, that I bet a lot of basketball fans today black or white have never even heard of.
The post on the site's blog that Deadspin links to is an interesting read also that gives a little detail on the imminent fate of one of Harlem's most significant cultural and historical landmarks, the Renaissance Ballroom. Please do yourself a favor and check it out.