Call To Action To Put The First-Ever Black Golf History Museum On Wheels In Motion!
Epochs of Courage African American Golf History Museum on Wheels A flagship project launched in November 2020 during The Masters week in Augusta Georgia. Due to COVID 19, the mobile museum's project has transitioned to a large fully exterior wrapped RV. The exterior will tell the history through images and text. The interior exhibit space is designed to give visitors an educational, fun and memorable experience. Due to COVID, the mobile museum's interior is closed to all visitors.
Tour sites will include school districts, college and university campuses, community and golf events, national conferences, and more. Through interactive activities, interesting objects, memorabilia and factual information, Epochs of Courage will bring more clarity and recognition to a rich history yet to receive the accolades so well deserved. Consumer admission is complementary.
In general terms, the tour will follow the sun to take advantage of more favorable weather conditions.
Telling the story of African American golf legendary and unsung heroes, Epochs of Courage provides the opportunity to immerse one's self into a cultural side of golf that has not only affected the sport of golf, but also America's civil liberties since the late 1800s. Stories of struggles to obtain equality to play golf and equal access to golf courses will have a profound positive impact to encourage youth and adults, to rise above circumstances and excel beyond their wildest expectations. Epochs of Courage showcases what passionate, determined and motivated people can do when presented with obstacles that block interests and dreams.
Epochs of Courage spokesperson Lee Elder, Ambassador Jim Thorpe, and honorary co-chairs Renee Powell and Jim Dent join in the mission to educate, raise awareness and preserve the history of African American golf.
Lee Elder is the first African American to receive an invitation to compete in The Masters Tournament and the first African American to receive the USGA's highest honor... the Bobby Jones Award. "Traveling to diverse communities throughout the United States, the Epochs of Courage Mobile Museum will educate and build awareness of a rich history that motivates and encourages youth and adults to overcome obstacles and excel beyond their wildest expectations. I am honored to be the spokesperson for the African American Golf History Museum On Wheels. I urge all to help put this show on the road."
LPGA/PGA Member Renee Powell is the second-ever African American LPGA Tour Member and one of seven females to become the first female members at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland. Powell is head golf professional at Clearview Golf Club (East Canton, Ohio). Through the hard work and dedication of Powell's parents William and Marcella Powell, the family-owned Clearview Golf Club is a vital part in the preservation of not only African American golf history and heritage, but also to American history.
Jim Dent, former PGA Tour and Champions Tour Member, played on tour for more than 35 years. "I am humbled to be a part of this one-of-a-kind history making project," said Jim Dent, 12 time Champions Tour winner. "To take this history throughout the United States year around, a history that I am privileged to be a part of, is very special. I hope our stories will inspire others to conquer barriers and achieve their goals."
Jim Thorpe, former PGA Tour and Champions Tour Member, captured three PGA Tour victories and 13 Champions Tour career victories. As of 2020, Thorpe was one of four African Americans who have received an invitation and have played in The Masters Tournament. His best finish at The Masters was in 1985; he tied for 18th.
A cross-section of professionals have united to help make this historical project come to fruition. The list includes retired NBA players Emmette Bryant of the 1969 Celtics Championship Team and former Cleveland Cavaliers player Terrell Brandon, former PGA of America Business and Community Director Earnie Ellison, and professional golf manager Arthur Johnson.
Such a unique mobile tour creation is being made possible by a collaboration between Epochs of Courage Exhibition Founder/Project Administrator Ramona Harriet, Designer Brenda Barton, MRA Experiential Tours and Equipment, Epochs of Courage Board of Advisors, PGA Member Quincy Heard, and Debert Cook, Founder/Publisher African American Golfer's Digest.
Summit Golf Foundation, a non-profit qualified to receive tax deductible contributions to promote the mobile exhibition, is the Project Promoter. Heard is Summit Golf Foundation's CEO and Founder. MRA Experiential Tours and Equipment is turn-key provider of the mobile tour project design, development and logistics team. "African American Golfer's Digest" is national media partner.
The mobile museum project design and development process takes approximately six months. Private and corporate financial support is needed to "Get This Show On The Road". Funds will go toward the mobile exhibition's design, construction and operation. Money is being raised for the first operational year; however, long term goal is for this mobile tour to travel across the United States for years to come.
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