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