Black History: Special Delivery!!
The National Negro Bowling Association (NNBA) was founded on August 20, 1939 in Detroit, MI. At that time, the majority of bowling organizations did not allow blacks to become members. In many cases it was actually written into the constitution of organizations that only whites could be members. The NNBA held its first tournament in Cleveland, OH in 1939 which featured teams from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. There was representation from other states as well. However, bowlers from Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroit dominated the association until the 1950’s.