TOPEKA LIBRARY -- Former members of the Topeka Ramblers, an all-black basketball team, will present a panel discussion at 2:00 this Saturday, February 27th in Marvin Auditorium 101BC.
The former players will discuss basketball, segregation and life at Topeka High School in the 1940s. The Ramblers formed in 1936 and tipped off for the last time in 1949. Topeka High integrated its basketball team in 1950.
Two players, Oliver Brown and Charles Scott, played key roles in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. The Ramblers were not allowed to practice at Topeka High and had only two basketballs, one of which was solely used for games. The Ramblers were honored earlier this month for their contributions to Topeka High and their struggle through Topeka’s tumultuous civil rights era.
The library partnered with the African-American Writers Book Discussion Group to make this program possible. Vincent Omni and Deidre Gordon co-organized the event.
The community can come back to the library Sunday for more black history. Attendees can learn about two African-American singers, Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, at Voices that Challenged a Nation, 2:30 p.m., Feb. 28 in Marvin Auditorium 101BC. This event is presented in partnership with Topeka Opera Society Concert Association.