Better than the Best: Black Athletes Speak, 1920-2007

Better than the Best: Black Athletes Speak, 1920-2007

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ISBN-13: 9780295990538
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Series: V. Ethel Willis White Books Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John C. Walter is professor emeritus of American ethnic studies, University of Washington. He is the author of The Harlem Fox: J. Raymond Jones and Tammamy and coeditor (with Johnnella Butler) of Transforming the Curriculum: Ethnic Studies and Women's Studies. In 1953 he came to the United States from Jamaica on a track scholarship to Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. Malina Iida is a student at William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Sports Journalism Sam Lacy 3

Track and Field Mal Whitfield 23

Track and Field Mae Faggs Starr 39

Wrestling Don Benning 59

Basketball Lenny Wilkens 79

NBA Referee Ken Hudson 99

Tennis Arthur Ashe 115

Track and Field Wyomia Tyus 133

Football Alan Page 151

Paralympic Table Tennis Jennifer Johnson 171

Fencing Nikki Franke 187

Fencing Peter Westbrook 205

Martial Arts Maurice Smith 221

Black Athletes Interviewed for the Blacks in Sports Oral History Project 235

Selected Bibliography 237

Index 251

What People are Saying About This

Beverly Guy-Sheftall

This compelling, heartwarming, gender-balanced collection of interviews across diverse sports fields explores the tangled web of race.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall

This compelling, heartwarming, gender-balanced collection of interviews across diverse sports fields explores the tangled web of race.

Ian Ralston

Perhaps the most important text to emerge for a number of years in the study of race and sport in U.S. society.

From the Publisher

"Better Than the Best chronicles, with first-person vividness, the often tragic yet ennobling experience of the first wave of African American athletes that helped thwart discrimination in U.S. sports. The interviews provide fresh, incomparable perspective on a cultural history that must never be lost."—Art Thiel, Seattle sports columnist

"This compelling, heartwarming, gender-balanced collection of interviews across diverse sports fields explores the tangled web of race."—Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College

"Perhaps the most important text to emerge for a number of years in the study of race and sport in U.S. society."—Ian Ralston, Liverpool John Moores University

"An important and inspiring account of an era when the achievements of African American athletes had a social and political significance they no longer have today. Here are the candid and fascinating stories of black athletic heroes whose lives changed American race relations forever and for the good of us all."—John Hoberman, author of Darwin's Athletes

Art Thiel

Better Than the Best chronicles, with first-person vividness, the often tragic yet ennobling experience of the first wave of African American athletes that helped thwart discrimination in U.S. sports. The interviews provide fresh, incomparable perspective on a cultural history that must never be lost.

John Hoberman

An important and inspiring account of an era when the achievements of African American athletes had a social and political significance they no longer have today. Here are the candid and fascinating stories of black athletic heroes whose lives changed American race relations forever and for the good of us all.

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