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Born in Gary, Indiana in 1936 – Dick Barnett became an All-State basketball player at ROOSEVELT high school while helping that team to the first game in Indians basketball history where two Black teams met for the state basketball championship. Crispus Attucks won that championship game, led by the great Oscar Robertson. Barnett was recruited by the great coach John McLendon to TENNESSEE A&I.

  • Jersey hangs in Madison Sq Gaden as well as the following:
  • NAISMITH BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME
  • NCAA HALL OF FAME
  • NAIA HALL OF FAME
  • INDIANA BASKETBALL HALL Of FAME
  • TENNESSEE BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

Dr. Dick Barnett - Lecturer/ Motivational Speaker

Dr Dick Barnett has expanded his lecture series, teaming with the National Basketball Association, Signature Bank, Madison Square Garden and the Signature Bank Scholars Lectures focusing on education, dreams and the limitless dimensions of human possibilities for aspiring students that continue to dream about their futures.

The Dream Paradigm composes the disciplines of perseverance, sacrifice and determination driven by the unquenchable thirst to achieve a goal, scale a ambition and to live one’s dream. The never changing struggle through life travails, relationships, finances and careers threatened by the temptations of ever present sex, drugs, love, hate, disappointments, politics, the emergence and impact of social media. The ingredients that challenge ambition on a sustained basis. Learn more…

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DR. Barnett's “Dream Whisperer” Testimonials

“Men of Color: Self-Determination or Self-Destruction was a tremendous success. Your workshop, and the positive energy you generated in your workshop, ‘Knowledge is Power’ was all appreciated. Our youth could not have a better role model.”

Michael Higgins ,Boys Harbor, Inc. New York, NY

“Your remarks were an inspiration to all in attendance. You inspired us too as a role model, as a great athlete, as an educator, and as a concerned individual by giving back to the community”

Mr. Fred Price Newsday Corporation, Coordinator New York, NY

“Dr. Barnett was an inspiring presence to our Webber students. His approach captivated the students; he motivated, cajoled, challenged, and highlighted their self esteem with just one presentation”

Dr. Earl Harvey Director “Who Said I Can’t” Tutorial Program ,Webber Middle School,Detroit, MI

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