Say It Loud: An Illustrated History of the Black Athlete
- Author: Roxanne Jones
- Author: Jessie Paolucci
- Foreword:Tony Dungy
- Publisher: Ballantine Books / ESPN Books
- Published: October 2010
- ISBN-10: 0345515897
- ISBN-13: 9780345515896
- Format: Oversize Hardcover
- Size: 8.5 X 1 X 10
- Weight: 2.3 lbs.
- Copyright: 2010
- Subject: SPORTS & RECREATION / History
There will be questions about whether this is a legitimate study of African American history or a pretty coffee-table book. It is a hybrid. The authors are journalists, both founding editors of ESPN The Magazine, not scholars, and the book features some handsome photographs of African American sports greats, offering grist for the coffee-table-book mill. However, along with the recognizable stars, Jones and Paolucci introduce us to many African American athletes unfamiliar to the general public (e.g., Duke Slater, Lucia Harris-Stewart, Jimmy Winkfield, and Ann Gregory)—as well as Effa Manley, a white woman who passed for black as she served in a high management position with the all-black Newark Eagles baseball team. The authors take pains to portray their subjects' places in the long African American struggle for civil rights. VERDICT Ultimately, this is an attractive, readable book recommended for all public libraries and school libraries needing materials on more obscure African Americans who have nevertheless made names for themselves in their field. There is, however, no index.—Jim Burns, Jacksonville P.L., FL[Page 81]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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