Race and Football in America tells Taliaferro's story and profiles the experiences of other athletes of color who were recognized for their athleticism yet oppressed for their skin color, as they fought (and continue to fight) for equal rights and opportunities. Together these stories provide an insightful portrait of race in America.
|Publisher:||Red Lightning Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Dawn Knight is an English teacher at Westfield High School in Westfield, IN, where she lives on a small horse farm with her husband and three kids. Knight met Taliaferro when she took his social work class at Indiana University. Later, having heard Taliaferro's story of breaking racial barriers both on and off the football field, as a star on Indiana University's undefeated 1945 football team and as the first black man drafted by an NFL team, she knew his story had to be told.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Delise S. O'Meally
Foreword by Bob Kravitz
Foreword by Tony Dungy
1. October 2005: Trick or Treat
2. 1944-1945: Taliaferro's Football Roots
3. 1945-1946: Adjusting to Life at Indiana University
4. 1945-1946: Indiana University Football
5. 1946-1947: Army Days
6. 1947: A Volatile Time for Professional Football
7. 1947-1949: Back at Indiana University
8. 1949-1955: Integrating Professional Football
9. 1955-Present: Life After Football
10. 1949-Present: Integration of the NFL
11. 2016-Present: The New Trailblazers
What People are Saying About This
"Race and Football in America is a must read for anyone interested in race and sport. America knows the heroic story of Jackie Robinson but few know George Taliaferro. Knight helps us capture his real legacy."
An absolutely terrific biography of a man so few have heard of, and author Dawn Knight does a fantastic job of telling us his story. George Taliaferro was an American Hero, a guy who had the courage and determination to overcome the odds to become the first African-American drafted by an NFL Team! But his story is so much more than just a football story, and Knight captures the subject matter in great detail. Most surprising, though, is how the story of George Taliaferro and his fight for equal rights, on the field and off, occurred so long ago. For many, it's a fight that still rages on today, and while Knight and Taliaferro talk about what happened in the past, you'll be scratching your head as you think about the society we live in and how many of these same issues are still relevant. Beautifully written, Race and Football in America, is a must read for any sports fanone of the best and most in-depth sports biographies I have read.
Race and Football in America is a must read for anyone interested in race and sport. America knows the heroic story of Jackie Robinson but few know George Taliaferro. Knight helps us capture his real legacy.
Knight paints a portrait of a young man who overcame the obstacles of racism, the military draft, and the death of his father. His vehicle for climbing over obstacles was athletic prowess and inner strength.
George Taliaferro never accepted the status quo, which is what made him such an influential force in the world of sports and in improving race relations throughout his life. Dawn Knight does a wonderful job of sharing the stories about the battles George wagedboth solicited and unsolicitedon the field and off of it.