BALL SIDE MIDDLE

ADVERSITY

DESEGREGATION BUSSING

Ball Side Middle shines a light on the impacts of bussing in the 1970's on both the African American and White communities in Brooklyn. Bussing had a powerful impact on the ball side community and despite communities of hate doing everything in their power to disrupt, harm and stroke fear into young boys and girls who were just trying to get an education, perseverance and resiliency prevailed.

ADVERSITY

BROOKLYN GANGS IN THE 1970's

There were over 40 Gang headquarters in Northern Brooklyn. neighborhoods such as: Flatbush, Bed-Stuy, ENY, Fort Greene, Bushwick and Brownsville during the 1970's. Brooklyn Basketball players more often than not were protected from the gangs by the gang leaders. Most were fans of the game and they supported the idea that one day these ball players may make it out of the community. It was a unique circumstance, however it worked for us Brooklyn ball players. Their protection SAVED US from situations and possibly negative outcomes.

Poverty in BROOKLYN reigned throughout the neighborhoods. Bedford Stuyvesant was considered the second poorest neighborhood in the United States. Brownsville was also considered one of the poorest with East New York not far behind.

Lack of investment and an infrastructure, these neighborhoods were called "ghettos" because of high unemployment, abandoned dwellings, gangs, heroin then ultimately the crack cocaine epidemic. 

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