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African-American Athletes in Arkansas is an inspirational collection of stories about amazing Arkansans who helped change the nation. Much of the information comes from firsthand interviews. The narrative non-fiction features include:
1) The inspiring story behind a "Jackie Robinson of the NBA" -- "Sweetwater" Clifton, who grew up in Lonoke County, Ark., attended DuSable High in Chicago and then starred for the New York Knicks
2) The amazing story of the would-be Razorback pioneer Eddie Miles, who went on to star for Seattle University and the Detroit Pistons
3) How five Arkansan African Americans helped fuel the Green Bay Packers' NFL dynasty of the 1960s
4) How Satchel Paige, the great Negro Leagues icon, and Dizzy Dean, the St. Louis Cardinals superstar, helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement
5) How black Arkansas natives helped power a championship baseball team against all-white competition in Butte, Montana in the Great Depression
6) An in-depth look at Muhammad Ali's 1969 college lecture tour through Pine Bluff, Little Rock and Fayetteville and the controversy it sparked.
... and much, more more.
This one-of-a-kind anthology, which also showcases an original feature on Fayetteville's forgotten "Black Razorbacks" of the Great Depression, includes articles from Slate, Arkansas Life, the Arkansas Times and more. It is a must read for all Arkansas history and sports fans
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