Say It Loud: An Illustrated History of the Black Athlete
Roxanne Jones (A), Jessie Paolucci (A), Tony Dungy (FRWD)
List Price: $35.00 (Hardcover - African American History / Sports - 2010)
Description: They are heroes, stars, agitators, and entertainers; mentors, innovators, history-makers, and record-breakers. They are the men and women whose physical gifts buoyed the spirits of a people and lifted up the soul of a nation.
Say It Loud pays tribute not only to such household names as Jackie, Ali, Michael, Tiger, Venus, and Serena but to the forgotten many who made their success and glory possible. Profiled in these pages are figures whose accomplishments changed the game and transcended the playing field: Charlie Sifford and Lee Elder, who blazed paths on the PGA touräó»s fairways; Moses Fleetwood Walker, the last African-American in professional baseball for nearly a half century before the color barrier finally fell in 1946, and Rube Foster, whose Negro National League shined a light on black stars during that benighted period; Paul Robeson, the first black football All-America, who later became a versatile artist and activist, and Fritz Pollard, whose list of gridiron firsts could fill its own book; Junius Kellogg, whose integrity protected college basketballäó»s in the 1950s; Althea Gibson, who brought her overpowering game from the streets to Wimbledonäó»s Centre Court, and Dr. Robert äóìWhirlwindäó? Johnson of Richmond, Virginia, who nurtured Gibson, Arthur Ashe, and others in order to make a permanent place for blacks in a äóìwhiteäó? game.
Say It Loud salutes African-American athletes who fought tirelessly not just to be the best at their games but to make their country that didnäó»t want them a better place. Featuring an Introduction by Super Bowläóñwinning coach Tony Dungy and scores of rare photographs, Say It Loud is a deeply inspiring testament to an extraordinary athletic heritage.
Ashay says, "This book is an excellent resource for sports buffs, young athletes and historians. It covers all the major sports and includes great bios and photos. As black people we need to remember it was the black athlete that first opened many doors to racial equality and justice, here in the United States and throughout the world. Give them high respect. And as, the God Father of Soul once said, "Say It Loud I'm Black And I Am Proud. Great for school libraries!"
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8.2 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds