The African American Woman Golfer
Her Legacy
by M. Mikell Johnson
December 2007, 216pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-34904-1
$55, £41, 48€, A75
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The African American Woman Golfer: Her Legacy gives a brief historical overview of African American women in golf and examines the sport to uncover all African American women who have been involved in golf over the past 75 years. M. Mikell Johnson shows how these women-who were seemingly far removed from the white, male, privileged world of the country club-broke both color and gender barriers to become golfers.

The African American Woman Golfer: Her Legacy gives a brief historical overview of African American women in golf and examines the sport to uncover all African American women who have been involved in golf over the past 75 years. M. Mikell Johnson shows how these women-who were seemingly far removed from the white, male, privileged world of the country club-broke both color and gender barriers to become golfers. This book traces the history of how African American women got involved in golf. Title VI and Title IX alleviated some of the racial and financial burdens for some young women in high school and college athletics, allowing them to participate in all sports regardless of race, creed, or gender. Women’s clubs also provided a stable foundation for female athletes in male-dominated sports. The misinformation, social apathy, financial encumbrances, and, finally, the role of the media in both promoting and preventing black women’s opportunities in golf are discussed.

The African American Woman Golfer: Her Legacy identifies over 300 women and their lives in golf. The author also profiles prominent golfers such as Althea Gibson, who crossed the LPGA color line; Helen Webb Harris, who created the first club for black women golfers; and Ann Gregory, who broke the USGA whites only clause in women’s golf.

Reviews

"Using research from African American newspapers and records from black golf clubs and associations, she provides a number of brief biographies of both pioneering and recent African American female golfers. She includes lists of African American female golfers, winners of tournaments, and newspaper articles with photographs, along with photographs and notes....Johnson calls for more support of black female golfers and for more scholarly research on the topic. Recommended. All readers, all levels."—Choice, August 1, 2008

"When we think of golfers, we do not think of African-American women. Yet this book shows us that there have been skilled African-American women in golf. Part of the problem is that the deck is stacked against them: they have been discriminated against due to both race and sex. And, according to this very interesting and revealing book, African-American men have also not been supportive of African-American women golfers....[A] very useful book that sheds light on something most of us may not have thought about: the African-American woman golfer, and her achievements and problems in society."—MultiCultural Review, September 1, 2008

"M. Mikell Johnson, through an unprecedented search for primary sources, has provided a clear roadmap for understanding the illusive account of African American women in golf. This rich log of sources can easily be mined and future scholars can elaborate on the solid groundwork done here by granting due attention to the hundreds of unknown Black women golfers presented in this book. This book advances the understanding that, though marginalized, Black women have been determined to experience everything that life had to offer. For those who would ask the question, Do Black women golf? Yes, we do that to!"—Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Author of Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History

"The contents of The African American Women Golfer, is indeed the most appealing subject matter to date referencing golf that I have read. It is profoundly detailed and a valued historical collection of information that has surpassed any other. My recommendation is surely a must read, The African American Women Golfer, will both educate and elevate each reader."—Veronica Gore-Kennedy, Assistant Golfer Professional/Merchandise Manager, First Tee Coach of Brunswick County
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