The Par-Links Black Women's Golf Club: 12/2 African American History Seminar at the MHS

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“Challenge or be Challenged”: the Par-Links Black Women's Golf Club in East Bay, CA

Author: Paula C. Austin, Boston University|
Comment: Louis Moore, Grand Valley State University

Thursday, 2 December
5:15 PM

Free, Virtual Event - hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society


The Par-Links Golf Club was an association of Black women golfers founded in 1958 in East Bay, Oakland California. Using photographs, organizational documents, and scrapbooks, this paper examine the possibilities and realities of Black leisure, recreation, and community care and play practices before the passage of the Civil Rights Act. It places Par-Links in the context of the burgeoning sport, the development of Black golf clubs, and within the local and national fights to desegregate public golf courses and professional golf in US Civil Rights Movement histories.

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