Ways of grace : stories of activism, adversity, and how sports can bring us together

by Blake, James, 1979-

Format: Print Book 2017
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Inspired by Arthur Ashe's bestselling memoir Days of Grace, a collection of positive, uplifting stories of seemingly small acts of grace from across the sports world that have helped to bridge cultural and racial divides.

Like many people of color, James Blake has experienced the effects of racism firsthand--publicly--first at the U.S. Open, and then in front of his hotel on a busy Manhattan street, where he was tackled and handcuffed by a police officer in a case of "mistaken identity." Though rage would have been justified, Blake faced both incidents with dignity and aplomb.

In Ways of Grace he reflects on his experiences and explores those of other sports stars and public figures who have not only overcome adversity, but have used them to unite rather than divide, including:

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, a Pakistani Muslim and Amir Hadad, an Israeli Jew, who despite the conflicts of their countries, paired together in the 2002 Wimbledon men's doubles draw.

Muhammad Ali, who transcended racism with a magnetic personality and a breathtaking mastery of boxing that was unparalleled.

Nelson Mandela, who spent twenty-seven years in prison for his commitment to social reform, peace, and equality yet never gave up his battle to end apartheid--a struggle that led to his eventual freedom and his nation's transition to black majority rule.

Groundbreaking tennis legend Arthur Ashe, who was a model of courage, elegance, and poise on the court and off; a gifted player who triumphed in the all-white world of professional tennis, and became one of his generation's greatest players.

Weaving together these and other poignant and unforgettable stories, Blake reveals how, through seemingly small acts of grace, we can confront hatred, bigotry, and injustice with virtue--and use it to propel ourselves to greater heights.

Introduction: Mistaken identity
Early trailblazers : accidental activists
Changing the game : the unifying power of sports
You run like a girl : gender biases in sports
Shut up and play : the impetus and social ramifications of sports activism
More than just a game : sometimes the end justifies the means
A personal choice : the athlete as activist
Epilogue: The power of protest.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "At one time ranked fourth in the world, professional tennis star James Blake overcame tremendous obstacles (fractured neck, rare virus, the death of his father), all of which were chronicled in his 2007 memoir, Breaking Back. Then, in a 2015 case of mistaken identity, African American Blake was tackled by an abusive police officer, making headlines and national news. Blake's new book offers examples of the power of sports to unify as well as providing a playbook on sports activism for athletes who want to use their brand to effect change. The text includes interviews with tennis icon Billie Jean King, football's Colin Kaepernick, and Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi. One especially noteworthy section provides historical context for the controversial 2002 Wimbledon doubles team of Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistani Muslim) and Amir Hadad (Israeli Jew). In the spirit of the late tennis star and social activist Arthur Ashe, Blake is using his platform to educate, inspire positive change, and support athletes who are committed to acting on their views and attempting to make a difference.--Barrera, Brenda Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Sports -- Social aspects.
Sports -- Political aspects.
Professional athletes -- Political activity.
Racism in sports.
Sex discrimination in sports.
Social action.
Political activists.
Publisher New York, NY :2017
Edition First edition.
Contributors Taylor, Carol (Carol A.), author.
Language English
Description 240 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical resources (pages 221-231) and index.
ISBN 9780062354525
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