Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game

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My daughter stumbled onto the Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game and liked it so much that she told me I had to read it. Written by John Coy and illustrated by Randy Duburke, this book tells the story of an illegal game of basketball in 1944, when segregation and racism made it illegal for teams of different races to play together.  20 years before the Civil Rights Act is passed, Coach John McLendon put together a game that would allow his team of basketball players from the North Carolina College of Negroes to play against the Duke University Medical School team. Laws at the time forced the games to be played in secret, covering widows and locking doors out of fear that they would be discovered. It was a great true story about overcoming differences and prejudice. It was neat to read about people coming together in spite of the risks to bond over a game they loved. This book joins many others in telling about segregation and our history, but it was a story I hadn’t heard. The message was uplifting and hopeful and I understand why my daughter liked it so much. Have you heard of the secret game?

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