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African American Sports

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African-Americans in Pro Football: Pioneers, Milestones, and Firsts
This brief, chronological list describes African American participation in professional football as early as 1902.
Library of Congress: Baseball, the Color Line, and Jackie Robinson
Traces the history of African Americans in baseball from the 1860's through 1972 with an impressive collection of photographs, movie stills, and various illustrations. This site also concentrates on the achievements of Jackie Robinson.
Negro Baseball Leagues
This well-designed website provides histories of the leagues, teams, and players. It also offers recommendations for further reading.


A Negro League Scrapbook

A Negro League Scrapbook 
Weatherford, Carole Boston

A picture book with a unique layout and loaded with historical photographs and documents. This book gives the reader an introduction to the teams and stars of the Negro Leagues as well as an idea of what it was like to attend the games and be on the road with the players.
Call Number: GV875. N35 W43 2005
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African American Sports Greats

African American Sports Greats  : A Biographical Dictionary
Porter, David L., ed

Profiles 166 African American athletes in baseball, football, basketball, track and field, and seven other sports, mostly since World War II. Good references and bibliographies.
Call Number: GV697 .A1 F37 1995
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African-American Athletes

African-American Athletes 
Aaseng, Nathan

Each entry in the source  provides an  enlightening biographical profile, concentrating on the events in that person's life related to his or her accomplishments in sports, followed by a for 'Further Reading' list
Call Number: GV697 .A1 A196 2011
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Black Olympian Medalists

Black Olympian Medalists 
Page, James A.

A biographical dictionary of Olympic medal winners of African descent. Also includes group profiles, profiles of black managers in U.S. professional sports, statistics, and indexes.
Call Number: GV697 .A1 P284 1991 q
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Unforgivable BlacknessUnforgivable Blackness : The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
220 min

This DVD narrates the in-depth and intimate story of one of the most important African Americans to live in the first half of the 20th century. Tells the story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports - Heavyweight Champion of the World. Includes his struggles in and out of the ring and his desire to live his life as a free man.
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African-American History and Culture
This electronic encyclopedia includes thousand of entries covering the entire breadth of African-American history - from African beginnings through the slave trade and the Civil Rights Movement to the present. Entries are organized into five sections: Biographies, Encyclopedia, Historical Documents, Gallery and Maps and Charts. Each entry is cross-referenced through hyperlinks and searchable by topic, by historical era, and by keyword.

maintained by the staff of the African American Department, State Library Resource Center, Enoch Pratt Free Library

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