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African American Icons of Sport: Triumph, Courage, and Excellence (Greenwood Icons)by Matthew C., Ph.d. Whitaker
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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. Icons of African American Sports includes articles on:- The Williams Sisters - Shaquille O'Neal - Jim Brown - Harlem Globetrotters - Jack Johnson - Carl Lewis - Jesse Owens - Joe Louis - Magic Johnson - Wilma Rudolph - Muhammad Ali - Barry Bonds - Dominique Dawes - Negro Baseball Leagues - Arthur Ashe - George Foreman - and others. Icons of African American Sports is a worthwhile study and a desperately needed contribution to the fields of African American history, United States history and sports history. <;R>
Book News Annotation:
Twenty-one American academics and researchers contribute 24 chapters to a text for students and general readers on the lives and legacies of 24 highly successful and influential black athletes, teams, and coaches who rose above conventional stardom to become icons in the American sports world, recognized not only for their accomplishments in sport but also their commitment to community and social justice. Each chapter considers the history and experiences of renowned individuals and groups, reflecting the conflicts and contradictions of their times and the extent to which modern mass media and pop culture contributed to their rise, and sometimes fall. Organized alphabetically by name, the text includes entries for such figures as Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Barry Bonds, Althea Gibson, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Joe Louis, Shaquille O'Neal, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Venus and Serena Williams, and Tiger Woods. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Icons of African American SportS≪/i>is a worthwhile study and a desperately needed contribution to the fields of African American history, United States history and sports history.
Icons of African American Sports will highlight and analyze the athletes and teams that have defined and revealed truths about American culture through their talent, perseverance, stubbornness, and will, showing the central role that sports and athletes have played in the 20th century.
About 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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