NBLC Locker Room: Express Celebrate Black History Month with Community

NBLC Locker Room: Express Celebrate Black History Month with Community

By Dwayne Tingley

Emily Marley can hardly wait to meet Donald Herbert Harris.

Marley is the director of game day operations for the Windsor Express and Harris will be celebrated as the National Basketball League of Canada team's "father of the game" on Saturday, February 1.

Harris, a resident of the Windsor, is 100 years-old and he will be recognized as part of the team's tribute to Black History Month.

"He and his family will be at the game and he will be an interesting man to talk to," Marley said. "We could not have had a better person here to represent Black History Month.

"The Express have always worked hard with our community-based efforts and we consider this to be an important time on our calendar."

Marley credited the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, located on King Street in Amherstburg, a non-profit agency that tells the proud history of African-Canadians, for organizing many of the activities surrounding the game on Saturday.

"We are proud to present this event, but I don't think we could have done it without the work of the museum," she said. "They deserve all of the credit. It's going to be an incredible experience and they deserve all of the credit for that."

The museum, and several others, will have a display on the concourse of the WFCU Centre during the game against the Sudbury Five. Game time is 7 p.m.

"The organizations will promote their activities and different things they have going on, like plays and shows or displays," Marley said. "They are all community-based groups that we are proud to be associated with and we want the fans to see what these groups have to offer."

Black Kids in Action; Nigerian Canadians for Cultural, Educational and Economic Progress; the Essex County Black Historical Research Society; Good People United Against Racism; and Arts Collective Theatre will all have information booths at the game.