HISTORY - THE NBGHF
Founded in 1986 by the late Harold Dunovant, the NBGHF established as its mission:
"to recognize and honor the contributions of black golfers for their skills and, to honor persons, regardless of race or ethnicity, who have done the most to promote golf in the Black communities"
As the first Black person to graduate from the PGA's Business School in 1960, it took Dunovant an additional fourteen (14) years to obtain his PGA Class A membership because none of the local PGA members, who were all white, would endorse his membership into the PGA of America. In 1974, Dunovant was finally elected to membership into the PGA. He credited his wife Anne for helping him "stay the course."
Harold played the "Black Tour" from 1965-67 with players like recent World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Sifford, Pete Brown, Teddy Rhodes and Charlie Owens.
Having a family to care for, Dunovant began a career as Head Professional at several courses throughout the U.S. finally coming home to Winston-Salem in 1990 as head pro at Minorcas Creek Golf Course and later Heather Hill Golf Club.
Harold established the National Black Golf Hall of Fame because he wanted those black golfers, who loved the game and could not participate to the fullest extent, to be recognized, honored and remembered. Not content to make the same mistakes as his white counterparts, the NBGHF opened its recognition to people, "regardless of color," who continued his core mission. Since it's founding in 1986, the NBGHF has inducted 113 members.
While there are other organizations that have started Halls of Fame to recognize Black contributions and players, it is widely accepted that the National Black Golf Hall of Fame, started by Harold Dunovant in 1986, is the first.