"The Negro Athlete and Victory": Athletics and Athletes as Advancement Strategies in Black America, 1890s-1930s

Blackman, Dexter Lee
May 2016
Sport History Review;May2016, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p46
Academic Journal
The article discusses the historical aspects of negro (black) athletes in America from approximately 1890 until 1939, and it mentions the history of athletics in the U.S. featuring African-American sports stars such as heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis and Olympic Games track and field champion Jesse Owens. The roles that black athletes played in improving race relations in America are examined, along with black advancement strategies and the social aspects of sports in America.


Related Articles

  • Advancing Athletics. Blackman, Dexter // Diverse: Issues in Higher Education;4/11/2013, Vol. 30 Issue 5, p23 

    The article focuses on the expansion of opportunities and financial support in athletics in the African-American colleges for producing more efficient athletes in the U.S. It informs of Jesse Owens, gold-medalist at the 1936 Olympics and Joe Louis', heavyweight boxing title in 1937, have laid...

  • Jesse Who?: Race, the Southern Press, and the 1936 Olympic Games. Drake, Robert // American Journalism;Fall2011, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p81 

    This study examines the ways that news of African Americans was presented to white readers in the United States during the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. A content analysis of articles and photographs from 83 daily newspapers from 24 states found that whereas newspapers throughout the country...

  • Scorecard. Kirshenbaum, Jerry // Sports Illustrated;04/14/1980, Vol. 52 Issue 16, p11 

    The author presents opinions on various sports issues. The author believes that Sam Snead would make history at competing in the Masters for 6 decades including 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) franchise clubs had increased its...

  • UP & DOWN FARISH STREET. Rundles, Jim // Jackson Advocate;5/3/2012, Vol. 74 Issue 29, p13A 

    In this article, the author focuses on the African American entertainers and sports personalities who came up despite discrimination, segregation and also denial of their privileges. Sports personalities like boxer Joe Louis, athlete Jesse Cleveland Owens and the greatest boxing champion...

  • Bouncing Back. DYSON, MICHAEL ERIC // Ebony;Jul2014, Vol. 69 Issue 9, p36 

    The article discusses the importance of social activism by athletes. Topics covered include athletes considered as powerful symbols of democratic struggle and social change like sprinter Jesse Owens, baseball player Jackie Robinson, and boxer Joe Louis, the significant changes in civil rights...

  • UP & DOWN FARISH STREET.  // Jackson Advocate;9/29/2011, Vol. 73 Issue 50, p11A 

    The article offers historical facts related to African Americans in Farish Street in Jackson, Mississippi. It discusses the acceptance of Blacks in sports and entertainment industry, mentioning several African American athletes which include baseball player Jackie Robinson, boxer Joe Louis, and...

  • Betrayers and Betrayed. Beston, Paul // American Spectator;Aug/Sep2003, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p69 

    Reviews the book "Heroes Without a Country: America's Betrayal of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens," by Donald McRae.

  • CLARIFICATION.  // Swimming World;Nov2006, Vol. 47 Issue 11, p23 

    The article provides a correction to the October 2006 issue. Cullen Jones was the first African-American to set a U.S. swimming long course record; Maritza Correia was the first African American to set a short course swimming record.

  • Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America. Ruck, Rob // Journal of American History;Mar98, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p1472 

    Reviews the book `Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America,' by David K. Wiggins.

  • Four world records in 45 minutes. Peterson, R.W. // Boys' Life;Apr91, Vol. 81 Issue 4, p7 

    Highlights Jesse Owens's outstanding performance on May 25, 1935, when he broke three world records and tied another. Events he participated in; His performance at the Olympics.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics