Back in the Twenties, when the Harlem Globetrotters were based in Chicago, the tall, strapping members of the stunt basketball team were seen as heroes. In the era before the civil rights movement, the all-black ballers demonstrated their skills before a vast variety of audiences and helped to change prejudiced perceptions in that racially charged era. The team abandoned true competition and became a sports entertainment phenomenon in the Fifties. In the Seventies, the team starred in a successful Saturday morning cartoon series among the first to feature black characters.
These days, the modern Globetrotters remain ambassadors of goodwill, and between entertaining the troops in Iraq and making trips to Canada and Europe, they've found time to pencil in a Miami appearance.
Sun., March 4, 4 p.m.