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Out of the shadows : a biographical history of African American athletes /

edited by David K. Wiggins.

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Names: Wiggins, David Kenneth,
Published: Fayetteville : University of arkansas press, 2006.
Topics: African American athletes - Biography. | African American athletes - Portraits. | African American athletes - History. | Sports - United States - History. | Sportifs noirs américains - Biographies. | Sportifs noirs américains - Histoire. | Sports - États-Unis - Histoire. | GAMES - Gambling - Sports. | SPORTS & RECREATION - Business Aspects. | SPORTS & RECREATION - Essays. | SPORTS & RECREATION - History. | SPORTS & RECREATION - Reference. | TRAVEL - Special Interest - Sports. | SOCIAL SCIENCE - Ethnic Studies - African American Studies.
Regions: United States.
Genres: Electronic books. | Biography. | History. | Portraits.
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Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 459 pages) : illustrations
Includes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-438) and index.
ISBN: 9781610752954 (electronic bk.)
1610752953 (electronic bk.)
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Summary: The original essays in this collection examine the lives and sports of famous and not-so- famous African American men and women athletes from the nineteenth century to today. Here are twenty biographies that furnish perspectives on the changing status of these athletes and how the changes mirrored the transformation of sport, American society, and civil rights legislation. Out of the Shadows shows us athletes struggling to make it in a Jim Crow society--Jimmy Winkfield in horse racing, Marshall Taylor in bicycling, William Henry Lewis in football, and Jack Johnson--and those achieving success on an international stage while suffering segregation at home--Ora Washington (tennis), Satchel Paige, Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Alice Coachman (track and field), and Jackie Robinson. In the twentieth century athletes saw opportunities to fight for civil rights through their performances as was the case with Althea Gibson (tennis), Wilma Rudolph, Bill Russell, Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali, and Arthur Ashe. Today's successful African American athletes, such as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Venus and Serena Williams, deal with issues of race and celebrity culture. --From publisher's description.
Other Names: Wiggins, David Kenneth, 1951- editor.
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More Details for: Out of the shadows : a biographical hist