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Book Author Discusses Social Justice Through Children's Literature

What's New, 2012-02-03

On Thursday, February 2, Walsh University ushered in Black History Month with a celebration of golf pioneer and one-time Stark resident, Bill Powell. Powell is the only African-American to design, build and operate his own public golf course, Canton’s Clearview Golf Course. His triumphant story is chronicled in the new children’s book Twice as Good, authored by Richard Michelson and illustrated by Eric Velasquez.

Michelson visited Walsh University and read his book for the first time to Allen Elementary School fourth graders on the morning of February 2. Later in the day, students had the opportunity to get into the swing of things with golf instruction by the Walsh University men’s and women’s golf teams, LPGA golfer and Bill Powell’s daughter, Renee and golf professionals from First Tee. In the evening, Walsh hosted a public event where Michelson presented “Understanding Social Justice Through Children’s Literature.” Afterward, the public had an opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by Michelson and Twice as Good illustrator Eric Velasquez.

Local media coverage of the events:

The Canton Repository

WKYC Channel 3