Black History Month

We continue our observance of Black History Month with sports figure Marques Haynes and community leader Loretta Young Jackson.

The abandoned schoolhouse was found by Loretta Young Jackson and under her guidance the school was moved to Chickasha where it stands on Ada Sipuel Ave. The school is visited by hundreds of students each year and serves as an education tool on race relations. Listen to Loretta tell her story here.

“That little building? We’ve turned that land over to the kids. They’re going to tear it down.” I said, “Don’t do that, let me have it.”

Widely regarded as the world’s finest ball handler during his 50-plus-year career in basketball spent with the Harlem Globetrotters and the Magicians, Marques Haynes enjoyed international fame as both a basketball entertainer and athlete. A native of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Haynes basketball career began at Booker T. Washington High School, where he led the school to a high school national championship in 1941.

This interview will trace the steps of Marques Haynes from a three-room shotgun house in Sand Springs to November 17, 2011 and his induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Listen here.

“In the front there was a little heat. But there were 6 of us traveling in that little carryall. You had to take a kerosene lamp with a wick and put it between your legs with a blanket over it to keep the heat. That was the only way we could keep warm.”

More from our library as we observe Black History Month:
George Henderson
Professor Oklahoma University

Jeanne Eason Philips
Witness to the Civil Rights Era

Otis Clark
Survivor, 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

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