By Matthew Whitaker Ph.D.
This name bargains an exam of African americans in activities, from quite a few views and during a full of life diversity of rhetoric kinds, and illuminates the background of hugely profitable and influential participants, athletes and groups who've transcended mere superstar to return to symbolize a given Zeitgeist to a large a part of the area. It additionally explores the background and lives of advanced, multi-layered personages and teams. eventually, it examines the level to which smooth mass media and pop culture have contributed vastly to the increase, and infrequently fall, of the those robust symbols of athletic, person, and staff excellence.
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He sons accompanied him wherever he went, and with just a sixth-grade education he taught them numerous vocational skills. Nurtured and loved by their father while growing up, Ashe and his brother learned to be independent, despite the racism of the time. Ashe’s father valued education and the ability to read well and instilled this in his children. When Ashe discovered a copy of National Geographic in a neighbor’s garage, he became a lifelong fan. The Ashe family did not remain small for long, however.
Ashe developed good and sometimes close relationships with most of the South African players, including Ray Moore and Cliff Drysdale. He admired men such as M. N. Pather, leader of the nonracial sports movement, and colored poet Don Mattera, who was under a banning order for standing against apartheid. Still, black journalists in South Africa viewed Ashe as a political tool who gave the South African government undeserved credibility. Ashe, who wanted to understand apartheid fully before repeatedly speaking against it, continued to go to South Africa each year to participate in its tennis tournament and learn more about its politics and social policies.
Over 5,000 people waited in line to pay their respects, and his funeral was attended by almost 6,000 people. Fittingly, Andrew Young, then mayor of Atlanta, delivered the eulogy for his dear friend. Ashe was buried in Richmond on February 10, 1993. ” Though Ashe died young and bore Arthur Ashe the scourge of AIDS, he said the most difﬁcult thing he had to deal with in life was being a black man in American society. He wanted people to understand where he had come from and how he became the person he did.
African American Icons of Sport: Triumph, Courage, and Excellence (Greenwood Icons) by Matthew Whitaker Ph.D.