Twice As Good

February 3, 2012


  Eric Velasquez

Twice as Good
The Story of William Powell

When William J. Powell was 12 years old, his school principal told him “Billy…you have to realize you can’t do things just as good as a white boy – you have to do them better!”

“His words became a very important tool for my life and became the under-pinning for every step I took,” Powell said in his autobiography Clearview: America’s Course…the triumphant story of William J. Powell, the only African American to design, build and operate his own public golf course.

Richard Michelson and illustrator Eric Velasquez have created a picture book entitled Twice as Good which tells the story of a man who fought for his country in World War II, yet was unable to pursue his love of golf when he returned home from the war. In response, Powell went the extra steps to design, build and operate his own golf course.  Twice as Good will be released in January 2012, and the author and illustrator will be in Canton February 2 through 4 for a series of events introducing the book and “teeing off” the library’s Black History Month observances, including an exhibit of illustrations in the Wilkof Courtyard of the Canton Museum of Art.

Exhibit opening at First Friday, February 3, 6 - 8:00 PM

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