Claude Johnson is a historian and founder of the Black Fives Foundation. He has a BS in civil engineering and economics from Carnegie Mellon and an MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford. During a 20-year career in corporate America, Johnson held management and executive positions at IBM, American Express, NBA Properties, Nike, Phat Farm, and Benetton Sportsystem. He left to become a stay-at-home dad to his three sons, two of whom are now Division I college football players (the third is a Division I high school basketball recruit). He lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Other Works

  • City/Game: Basketball in New York

  • What If Sweetwater Clifton's Pass Hadn't Gone Awry? ("Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs In Sports History")


Awards and Recognition

  • New York Knicks' Sweetwater Clifton City Spirit Award for Outstanding Community Service, 2018
  • Harlem Week Rucker Park Pro Legends “Each One Teach One” Community Service Award, 2013
  • Mayoral Proclamation: February 10th Named "Black Fives Day" for the City of New York, 2010
  • Brooklyn Nets' Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things Award, 2010

Press and Media Mentions