Blurbs for “Martha’s Vineyard Basketball”

Martha’s Vineyard Basketball is more than a just history of basketball on the hard court and pavement of a small slice of Massachusetts. It captures a place and past time with a depth of detail and feeling that can be summed up in one simple word: love. Karyn Parsons, actor (“Fresh Prince of Bel Air”), writer, and producer

In an era of extreme racial segregation in the 1950s, and racial rage and uprisings in the late 1960s and early 1970s, African Americans and whites came together not by race, but by basketball skill. This is an absolutely fascinating read about a little-known chapter in both the history of Martha’s Vineyard and an unusual example of racial harmony. Martha’s Vineyard has always been a special place for vacationers. Who knew that it was also a special place for basketball players! Dr. Julianne Malveaux, economist and author

Bijan Bayne’s book about Martha’s Vineyard is fascinating and captures the essence of the Vineyard. My wife and I were told about the Vineyard many years ago and have moved from visiting the Vineyard to owning a home in Oak Bluffs. When I think of the Vineyard, I recall meeting and representing Dorothy West there and hearing great stories about Black life on the Vineyard.
Bijan’s book captures the heart and soul of a great place to vacation, relax, read and raise a family. This book is not only a summer delight while relaxing on the beach, but a great read near your fireplace in the winter. Charles J. Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

All-Time Martha’s Vineyard Basketball Team

My all-time pickup basketball team of people who have played on Martha’s Vineyard would be: Alonzo Mourning, Ollie Taylor, Kyrie Irving, Bob Bigelow, Glenn “Big Baby” Davis, Todd Day, Charles Smith, David Wesley, Perry Moss, John Rice, Carson Cunningham, and Stephon Marbury.…/…/1442238968


Martha’s Vineyard Basketball Events in 2015

Now that it’s 2015, I’m looking forward to classroom and school usage, readings, book signings, conference appearances, and other events surrounding “Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race & Class”. If you’d like to host, inquire about, or schedule such a program, or home signing, please contact