Breaking Through: John B. McLendon, Basketball Legend and Civil Rights Pioneer

Breaking Through: John B. McLendon, Basketball Legend and Civil Rights Pioneer

by Milton S. Katz
     
 

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John B. McLendon was the last living protégé of basketball's inventor, Dr. James Naismith, and one of the "top ten basketball coaches of the century" in Billy Packer's opinion. McLendon's amazing records in college and pro basketball earned him a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame (the first black coach to be inducted), and his coaching philosophy has

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John B. McLendon was the last living protégé of basketball's inventor, Dr. James Naismith, and one of the "top ten basketball coaches of the century" in Billy Packer's opinion. McLendon's amazing records in college and pro basketball earned him a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame (the first black coach to be inducted), and his coaching philosophy has had a huge influence on basketball coaches. Breaking Through is also a powerful and inspirational story about segregation and a champion's struggle for equality in 1940s and 50s America. Black Magic, ESPN's Peabody Award–winning documentary about players and coaches who attended historically black colleges and universities, covers many of the events in McLendon's life that Katz writes about in his book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557289513
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
538,633
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Joe A. Buckhalter
"This book is an essential read for all people interested in sports, particularly the basketball devotee."--(Joe A. Buckhalter, Jr., former NBA player and Harlem Globetrotter)
Earl Lloyd
"Coach Mac was ahead of his time as a coach, and he was an outstanding human being. Breaking Through will teach readers something about adversity and how to prevail, about what it means to earn respect at the highest level."--(Earl Lloyd, NBA Hall of Famer and first African-American to play in the NBA)
Marty Blake
"A must read for everyone who loves the history of basketball. John McLendon did for the court game what Jackie Robinson did for baseball, only Coach John's efforts as a civil rights pioneer cover seven decades."--(Marty Blake, NBA director of scouting.)

Meet the Author

Milton S. Katz is professor of American studies, School of Liberal Arts, Kansas City Art Institute. He is the author ofBan the Bomb and over two dozen book chapters, articles, and essays on peace and social justice movements in contemporary American history. He met John McLendon in 1980 and became close friends with him after spending untold hours interviewing him and researching his life

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