By Jennifer H. Lansbury

When excessive jumper Alice Coachman gained the excessive bounce name on the 1941 nationwide championships with "a miraculous leap," African American ladies have been engaging in aggressive recreation for as regards to twenty-five years. but it might be one other two decades sooner than they'd adventure anything equivalent to the nationwide repute and popularity that African American males had identified because the Thirties, the times of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens. From the Nineteen Twenties, whilst black ladies athletes have been constrained to competing in the black neighborhood, during the heady days of the overdue 20th century after they governed the area of women's tune and box, African American girls discovered activity opened the door to a greater existence. despite the fact that, additionally they came across that good fortune intended hard perceptions that many Americans--both black and white--held of them. throughout 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 girls athletes from the African American group; their confrontations with modern attitudes of race, type, and gender; and their encounters with the civil rights move. Uncovering some of the thoughts 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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