In these engaging and forthright interviews, thirteen African American athletes talk about how they endured through pain, loneliness, and rejection to become champions. In sports as diverse as football and fencing, wrestling and track and field, these men and women triumphed over the odds to become better than the best. Their legacy is in their accomplishments and in their determination to continue contributing to the societal transformation their efforts helped make possible.
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.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Sam Lacy | Sports Journalism2. Mal Whitfield | Track and Field3. Mae Faggs Starr | Track and Field4. Don Benning, Ed.D. | Wrestling5. Lenny Wilkens | Basketball6. Ken Hudson | NBA Referee7. Arthur Ashe Jr. | Tennis8. Wyomia Tyus | Track and Field9. Alan Page, J.D. | Football10. Jennifer Johnson | Paralympic Table Tennis11. Nikki Franke, ED.D. | Fencing12. Peter Westbrook | Fencing13. Maurice Smith | Martial Arts Black Athletes Interviewed for the Blacks in Sports Oral History Project Selected Bibliography Index