Langston Heritage Celebration

Did you know Washington, D.C.’s Langston Golf Course will go down in the history books as a first in golf?

Langston Golf DCLangston Golf Course, in Washington, D.C., a national park service property, was the first golf course in America built specifically for play by African American golfers. Langston Golf Course opened in 1939 as a 9-hole course. The course was built as a segregated golf facility. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is named for John Mercer Langston, the first African American popularly elected to office (1855), founder and first dean of Howard University’s Law Department, first president of Virginia State University, and the first black congressman elected from Virginia (1888).

The Langston Heritage Celebration on June 8th, 2013 is a historic, educational, community & family focused day honoring Langston Golf Course & the Wake-Robin Golf Club for their recent induction into The National Black Golf Hall of Fame. Langston was the first federally owned 18-hole golf course in America built specifically for play by African Americans in the United States.

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This induction has since inspired a more expansive vision to recognize the heritage of Langston Golf Course, the groups who rallied for its creation in 1939, and its supporters’ dream in helping Langston maintain a foothold in this community. From these efforts Langston’s existence shaped the future of golf for African Americans in this great country. Langston was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Over its lifetime, Langston has served as a destination course to notable players including John Shippen, Joe Louis, Charlie Sifford, Lee Trevino, Calvin Peete, Lee Elder and many others. On June 8th during the program you can expect to see or hear stories from many of these golf notables!

It is the mission of Golf Course Specialists (Authorized National Park Service Concessioner of Langston Golf Course) and members of the host committee to educate the public with storytelling, history, exhibitions, and activites for the family during the local Langston Heritage Celebration on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

This event is free to attend . Check out the schedule of presentations below…

12:55pm Opening Prayer & Welcome by Langston GM

1:00pm HOF Recognition
Invited guests include:
– Director Jon Jarvis, National Park Service
– Mayor Vincent Gray
– Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

1:10pm Remembering John Mercer Langston: Abolitionist, Diplomat, Educator, Politician
(Oral History/Storytelling by John Mercer Langston Relative)
– Dr. Judith King-Calnek (Humanities Professor, United Nations International School)

1:20pm History of African American Golf
(Oral History/Storytelling by Panel #1 with moderator and audience Q&A)
Invited guests include:
– Dr. Calvin Sinnette (Author, Forbidden Fairways)
– Pete McDaniel (Author, Uneven Lies)
– Dr. Jeffrey Sammons (Golf Historian and Professor, NYU)
– Susan Wasser (Assistant Director, USGA Museum)

2:20pm Langston’s Pioneers
(Oral History/Storytelling by Panel #2 with moderator and audience Q&A)
– Royal Golf Club (Past & Current Generation Members)
– Wake-Robin Golf Club (Past & Current Generation Members)

2:50pm Langston’s Legacy of Loyal and Devoted Golf Clubs
(Oral History/Storytelling by moderator)
– Recognition of Clubs from early days to present: Oxon Blades, Postal Group, Pro Duffers, Foreball, Tee-to-Green, Monday Morning Club, Nairobi, Langston Ladies, Sisters Who Swing

2:55pm Favorite Langston Stories from African American Golf Greats
(Oral History/Storytelling by Panel #3 with moderator and audience Q&A)
Invited guests include:
– James Black, NBGHF Member, 1986
– Jim Dent, NBGHF Member, 1992
– Lee Elder, NBGHF Member, 1986
– Charlie Owens, NBHHF Member, 1988
– Calvin Peete, NBGHF Member, 1986
– Charlie Sifford, NBGHF Member, 1986; World Golf HOF Member, 2004
– Ron Terry, NBGHF Member, 2000
– Chuck Thorpe, NBGHF Member, 1986
– Jim Thorpe, NBGHF Member, 1986

3:55pm Sharing the Legacy of Langston Junior Golf: Life Lessons Shared from Past Generations (Oral History/Storytelling by Panel #4/past graduates)
– Junior Golfers in the 1950’s – Junior Golfers in the 1980’s
– Junior Golfers in the 1960’s – Junior Golfers in the 1990’s
– Junior Golfers in the 1970’s – Junior Golfers in the 2000’s

4:15pm Sharing the Legacy of Langston Junior Golf: Life Skills Learned in Today’s Youth Programs (Oral History/Storytelling by Panel #5/ current participants or recent graduates)
– Junior Golfers from Mason’s Army
– Junior Golfers from Langston Junior Boys & Girls Golf Club/Hook A Kid on Golf
– Junior Golfers from The First Tee of Washington, DC

4:25pm Recognition of Winners from Golf Tourney and Black Golf History Trivia Contest

4:30pm Farewell by Wake-Robin President & Langston GM and Closing Prayer

For more information and pre-registration for this historical event visit the event website.

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