Game Changer

Game Changer

John Mclendon and the Secret Game

Book - 2015
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"Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team from the North Carolina College of Negroes. At a time of widespread segregation and rampant racism, this illegal gathering changed the sport of basketball forever"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Carolrhoda Picture Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9781467726047
Branch Call Number: X796.323 MCLENDON
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 28 cm


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LPL_DanC Mar 27, 2017

If you enjoyed Kevin Willmott's recent film, "Fast Break: The Legendary John McLendon," here is a book for kids about this unsung, heroic Kansan, who helped desegregate the game invented by his teacher, Dr. James Naismith.

LydiatheLibrarian Apr 15, 2016

On March 12, 1944, 2 college basketball teams came together to play a game. At first, they were hesitant to touch or bump into each other. The reason for this is that the Duke University team was all-white and the North Carolina College of Negros team was African-American. Some of the players had never been this close to a person of the opposite color. Also, the teams were playing in Durham, North Carolina which was segregated. After some awkward starts, the two teams began to play against one another and eventually mixed the two teams together to even up the teams.
Though the game was kept secret due to fear of retaliation from the KKK, it was instrumental in the start of desegregating sports.


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