African American Icons of Sport: Triumph, Courage, and Excellence (Greenwood Icon Series)

African American Icons of Sport: Triumph, Courage, and Excellence (Greenwood Icon Series)

by Matthew C. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573566339
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2008
Series: Greenwood Icons Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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).

Table of Contents

List of Photos     ix
Series Foreword     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     xvii
Muhammad Ali   Matthew C. Whitaker     1
Arthur Ashe   Susan Rayl     13
Charles Barkley   Pat Lauderdale     25
Barry Bonds   Maureen Margaret Smith     35
Jim Brown   Pero Gaglo Dagbovie   Amaris J. White     49
Wilt Chamberlain   David J. Johns     61
George Foreman   Scott Bowman     73
Althea Gibson   Shawn Ladda     83
The Harlem Globetrotters   Brian S. Collier     95
Derek Jeter   Brooks D. Simpson   Rebecca A. Simpson     107
Earvin "Magic" Johnson   Brooks D. Simpson     117
Jack Johnson   Jeremy I. Levitt     129
Michael Jordan   Mary G. McDonald     145
Florence Griffith Joyner   Victoria Jackson     157
Joe Louis   Neil A. Wynn     167
Negro Baseball Leagues   James R. Coates     177
Shaquille O'Neal   Ying Wushanley     187
Jesse Owens   James R. Coates     199
Bill Pickett   Elyssa Ford     209
Eddie Robinson   Delano Greenidge-Copprue     219
Wilma Rudolph   Rita M. Liberti     231
Tommie Smith and John Carlos   Megan Falater     243
Venus and Serena Williams   Matthew C. Whitaker     255
Tiger Woods   Maureen Margaret Smith     267
Selected Bibliography     279
About the Editor and Contributors     287
Index     293

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