When they piled into cars and drove through Durham, North Carolina, the members of the Duke University Medical School basketball team only knew that they were going somewhere to play basketball. They didn't know whom they would play against. But when they came face to face with their opponents, they quickly realized this secret game was going to make history.
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.
About the Author
John Coy is the author of the picture books Strong to the Hoop, Around the World, Hoop Genius, Game Changer, and Their Great Gift. He lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally and internationally.
Randy DuBurke has been a professional illustrator for over twenty years. He has done comic book art, animation, editorial illustration, book covers, and children's books. He lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was another great event to learn from history-- students from a white and black college came together to secretly play a game of basketball. "We sure had fun and I especially had a good time, for most of the fellows playing with me were Southerners.... And when the evening was over, most of them had changed their views quite a lot," wrote Jack Burgess. And this is why students need this book. They need to see that sometimes it just takes getting to know people to change their opinions. Sometimes people just lack exposure to people different from themselves and meeting people, going out into the world, even reading about other cultures will help them see the humanity of people.