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African American Sports

Internet Sites

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.

Books

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

Brief biographies of famous black athletes for readers of all ages. Includes 155 athletes and is current through 2003. Each entry includes a biography and bibliographic sources, some have photographs as well.
Call Number: GV697 .A1 A196 2003
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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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Videos

Jim BrownJim Brown : All American
   
Director's Cut
130 min

Spike Lee directs this moving DVD portrait of Jim Brown and his days in the spotlight, first making football history as one of the 20th century's greatest athletes, and later as the star of numerous Hollywood features.
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Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali : Through the Eyes of the World
   
104 min

Muhammad Ali's grace, charisma, and remarkable bravado shine through in this affectionate look at his life and career. The film chronicles his career through film footage and interviews with journalists, loved ones, and commentators. The film does an excellent job of conveying both Ali's genuine importance as a historical figure and his incredible personal magnetism.
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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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Databases

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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