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Game changer John Mclendon and the secret game

by Coy, John, 1958-

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Summary
"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.
Contents
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* This book offers a slice of history and an inspiring portrait in courage by detailing one basketball game that white and African American teams dared play in defiance of segregation. The game took place in 1944 Durham, North Carolina, a time when the Ku Klux Klan deemed that race mixing was punishable by death. Coach John McLendon of the North Carolina College of Negroes believed basketball could change people's prejudices and invited players from the Duke University Medical School, an all-white team, to play a secret game in his college's gym. The game shows how the white players were blown away by the new, fast-break style of McLendon's players, losing 44 to 88. The players then mixed it up in a shirts and skins game, with whites and African Americans on both teams. In lively detail, Coy describes the game that advanced race relations in sports, reminding readers that this took place three years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. DuBurke's use of cyan and sepia tones within his photolike illustrations perfectly conveys the look of the 1940s and the energy of the game itself. Information on Coach McLendon and a time line of integration in sports concludes this exciting account of a landmark game played ahead of its time.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In an account brimming with suspense and emotional tension, Coy (Hoop Genius) and DuBurke (Best Shot in the West) show how a game of college-level basketball one Sunday morning in 1944 helped provide a glimpse of the future of the game and of a segregated nation. The man behind the game was John McLendon, coach of the North Carolina College of Negroes' Eagles, who masterminded the clandestine meet-up between his team and the all-white squad from Duke University Medical School, at a time when segregation laws prohibited play between black and white teams. Initial uneasiness-the athletes, "some of whom had never been this close to a person of a different color, were hesitant to touch or bump into one another"-gave way to a game in which the Eagles trounced Duke using a hard-driving fast-break style; a follow-up match saw the teams blending their ranks. DuBurke's shadowy images in pencil and paint have the feeling of long-buried photos snapped in secret, while Coy skillfully highlights both the energy and importance of the game and the dangerous social climate in which it was played. Ages 7-11. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects McLendon, John B.
North Carolina College for Negroes
Duke University Basketball History
Basketball coaches United States
African American basketball coaches
Discrimination in sports United States
Sociology
History
Sports & Recreations
Juvenile Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Lerner Publishing Group2015
2015
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience 7-11.
2-6.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781467788106
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