African American Icons of Sport: Triumph, Courage, and Excellence / Edition 1

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This title offers an examination of African Americans in sports, from a variety of perspectives and through a lively range of rhetoric styles, and illuminates the history of highly successful and influential individuals, athletes and teams who have transcended mere celebrity to come to represent a given Zeitgeist to a sizable part of the world. It also explores the history and lives of complex, multi-layered personages and groups. Finally, it examines the extent to which modern mass media and popular culture have contributed greatly to the rise, and sometimes fall, of the these powerful symbols of athletic, individual, and group excellence.

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Editorial Reviews

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"African American Icons of Sport covers a wide range of sports and includes Shaquille O'Neal, Wilma Rudolph, George Forman, Magic Johnson, the Williams sisters, and many more. Readers at the secondary level and up also learn about the Negro Baseball League, efforts to desegregate various sports, and other general topics in this encyclopedia volume. Articles authored by subject experts provide details about the lives and legacies of the most successful and influential Black athletes, teams, and coaches."


MultiCultural Review

"This text provides an overview of African American sport icons. The editor and authors have created a well-researched and well-written text that is likely to be a valuable and useful resource for individuals that are interested in this topic. …This is a well-written and well-edited text that is likely to complement personal and professional libraries."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313340284
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Series: Greenwood Icons Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MATTHEW C. WHITAKER is Associate Professor of United States History, African and American Studies, and Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. His articles have appeared in many journals and encyclopedias, and his latest book is titled Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West (University of Nebraska Press, 2005).

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Table of Contents

List of Photos

Muhammad Ali Matthew C. Whitaker Whitaker, Matthew C. 1

Arthur Ashe Susan Rayl Rayl, Susan 13

Charles Barkley Pat Lauderdale Lauderdale, Pat 25

Barry Bonds Maureen Margaret Smith Smith, Maureen Margaret 35

Jim Brown Pero Caglo Dagbovie Dagbovie, Pero Caglo Amaris J. White White, Amaris J. 49

Wilt Chamberlain David J. Johns Johns, David J. 61

George Foreman Scott Bowman Bowman, Scott 73

Althea Gibson Shawn Ladda Ladda, Shawn 83

The Harlem Globetrotters Brian S. Collier Collier, Brian S. 95

Derek Jeter Brooks D. Simpson Simpson, Brooks D. Rebecca A. Simpson Simpson, Rebecca A. 107

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Brooks D. Simpson Simpson, Brooks D. 117

Jack Johnson Jeremy I. Levitt Levitt, Jeremy I. 129

Michael Jordan Mary G. McDonald McDonald, Mary G. 145

Florence Griffith Joyner Victoria Jackson Jackson, Victoria 157

Joe Louis Neil A. Wynn Wynn, Neil A. 167

Negro Baseball Leagues James R. Coates Coates, James R. 177

Shaquille O'Neal Ying Wushanley Ying, Wushanley 187

Jesse Owens James R. Coates Coates, James R. 199

Bill Pickett Elyssa Ford Ford, Elyssa 209

Eddie Robinson Delano Greenidge-Copprue Greenidge-Copprue, Delano 219

Wilma Rudolph Rita M. Liberti Liberti, Rita M. 231

Tommie Smith and John Carlos Megan Falater Falater, Megan 243

Venus and Serena Williams Matthew C. Whitaker Whitaker, Matthew C. 255

Tiger Woods Maureen Margaret Smith Smith, Maureen Margaret 267

Selected Bibliography 279

About the Editor and Contributors 287

Index 293

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