NAACP pioneer and physical fitness promoter E.B. Henderson (d.1977) was a mover and shaker in the world of African-American sports. Known as the “Father of Black Basketball”, Henderson was elected to the Naismith Basketball HOF in 2013 for his life-long efforts to promote the game among the African-American community and he is also a 1974 charter member of the Black Athletes Hall of Fame. In 1904 Henderson became the first African-American physical education teacher in Washington DC and possibly the whole country and he is credited with paving the way for thousands of players who have emerged over the past sixty years to star in the NBA.
Here we have a "Revised Edition" of the 1939 book "The Negro in Sports" by Edwin Bancroft Henderson (EX). This educational volume covers a wide array of sports, with a focus on the participation and achievements of "The Negro Athlete". Henderson has twice signed the front fly leaf page as follows: "To Mr. Conrad Van Hyning with the best wishes of E.B. Henderson Falls Church, Va. Jan. 1943 - I Hope your experiences in your new undertaking will be happy and profitable. EBH". Henderson's penmanship is precise and distinct, with both his "E.B. Henderson" and "EBH" signings showing the same ("8-9") degree of potency. Full photo LOA form JSA.