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Better than the Best: Black Athletes Speak, 1920-2007
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.
Walter is professor emeritus of American ethnic studies, University of Washington. He is the author of The Harlem Fox: J. Malina Iida is a student at William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i. Perhaps the most important text to emerge for a number of years in the study of race and sport in U. The interviews provide fresh, incomparable perspective on a cultural history that must never be lost. Here are the candid and fascinating stories of black athletic heroes whose lives changed American race relations forever and for the good of us all.
Better Than the Best chronicles, with first-person vividness, the often tragic yet ennobling experience of the first wave of African American athletes that helped thwart discrimination in U. An important and inspiring account of an era when the achievements of African American athletes had a social and political significance they no longer have today.
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