Twice as Good by Richard Michelson
The story of William Powell and Clearview, the only golf course designed, built, and owned by an African-American

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To nine-year-old Willie Powell, there was no prettier sight than the smooth grass lawns of Edgewater Golf Cource. He had been so eager to see them that he'd run seven miles to where the course was situated outside of town.

But his elation didn't last. When he asked two golfers if they'd teach him the game, one man responded by saying, 'Son, didn't anyone ever tell you that your kind is not welcome here?'

In the 1920's there was no place for Willie, or any black person, on a golf cource. It was a game for white people only, at least in America. But his enthusiasm for golf and his belief in what he knew to be right drove Willie Powell to change that, and to change minds.


 

About Richard Michelson

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Richard Michelson is the author of many books for adults and children, including As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom, illustrated by Raul Colón, which was a Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner and a National Jewish Book Award Finalist. Richard always hated detention in the principal's office, but, like Brewster, he never minded his many library "time-outs"-and to this day, he loves to be surrounded by books and art. Robert Roth has illustrated several picture books, including Why Butterflies Go on Silent Wings by Marguerite Davol and Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt. His work has collected many honors, including eight from the Society of Illustrators.
 
Published August 15, 2013 by Sleeping Bear Press. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books.

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Young Willie could only caddy on the golf course near his Ohio home, although one white man did let him play.

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