By Jennifer H. Lansbury

ISBN-10: 1557286582

ISBN-13: 9781557286581

When excessive jumper Alice Coachman received the excessive leap name on the 1941 nationwide championships with "a brilliant leap," African American girls have been partaking in aggressive recreation for with regards to twenty-five years. but it might be one other two decades sooner than they might event anything equivalent to the nationwide popularity and popularity that African American males had recognized because the Thirties, the times of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens. From the Nineteen Twenties, while black girls athletes have been constrained to competing in the black neighborhood, in the course of the heady days of the past due 20th century once they governed the area of women's song and box, African American girls came upon recreation opened the door to a greater lifestyles. even though, in addition they came upon that good fortune intended difficult perceptions that many Americans--both black and white--held of them. during the tales of six athletes--Coachman, Ora Washington, Althea Gibson, Wilma Rudloph, Wyomia Tyus, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee--Jennifer H. Lansbury deftly follows the emergence of black ladies athletes from the African American neighborhood; their confrontations with modern attitudes of race, classification, and gender; and their encounters with the civil rights stream. Uncovering some of the innovations the athletes use to overcome again stereotypes, Lansbury explores the fullness of African American women's courting with activity within the 20th century.

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