African Americans in Sports, 1st Edition

  • Carla Mooney
  • Published By: Lucent Press (Rosen)
  • ISBN-10: 1420508636
  • ISBN-13: 9781420508635
  • DDC: 796.089960
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 10th Grade
  • 112 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released February 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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This new addition to the Lucent Library of Black History explores the history of African American involvement in sports in the United States from the nineteenth century to the present. Blacks’ participation in horse racing, track and field, baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, and boxing are all covered. The title relates the accomplishments of trailblazers as well as the discrimination, insults, and physical violence they endured to open the doors of opportunity for black athletes around the country. The achievements of modern sports stars are also discussed and sidebars feature brief biographies of both pioneers and superstars.

Features and Benefits

  • Each chapter contains sidebars that highlight relevant personalities and events.
  • Numerous photos and illustrations help illuminate and support the text.
  • Complete documentation of all quotes and annotated bibliographies enhance the value of these books as a research tool for students.


"'Studying this past and understanding how it contributes to present-day dialogues about race and history in America is a critical component of contemporary education,' states the forward of the Lucent Library of Black History. Each volume focuses on one aspect of African American experience and history that has helped shape American society and inform its citizens' attitudes and beliefs about African Americans. Each volume includes black and white illustrations and photos, a relevant chronology, and an index." --Doug's Student Reference Room, June 2008

— Doug's Student Reference Room

"This series offers thoughtful perspectives on several often-studied topics within black history. The books' attractive covers, complementary black-and-white photos, informative texts, and helpful annotated bibliographies will certainly attract young readers." -- VOYA, December 2006