Night Golf by William Miller, Cedric Lucas
Set in the South of the late 1950s, an African American boy who longs to play golf is banned from the game because of the color of his skin.
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Night Golf is about a young African American boy who discovers some old golf balls and a club in the trash. The only thing he wants to do after holding that club is to play golf on a course. Though in the 1950¿s that is easier said than done, since all the golf courses are for whites only. The only way that he plays is to sneak onto the course at night, practicing every night, playing by moonlight. He learns to feel the club and ball and really understand the game, until he becomes better and better. In the end, his dreams come true and he gets to take a swing in the daylight.
This book could be a great book across the curriculum from Language Arts to Science. It includes an Author¿s Note about historical information about African Americans and golf, and other facts. The ending of the story leaves much to the reader¿s interpretation as to how far James went in his golfing career. Children will enjoy Night Golf for its lessons of practice, hard work and perseverance. It will also be a great lesson in social intolerance to racial discrimination.