"This compelling, heartwarming, gender-balanced collection of interviews across diverse sports fields explores the tangled web of race."
-Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College
"Perhaps the most important text to emerge for a number of years in the study of race and sport in U.S. society."
-Ian Ralston, Liverpool John Moores University
"An important and inspiring account of an era when the achievements of African American athletes had a social and political significance they no longer have today. Here are the candid and fascinating stories of black athletic heroes whose lives changed American race relations forever and for the good of us all."
-John Hoberman, author of Darwin's Athletes
"The book's most remarkable contribution to the literature. . . is that it offers previously unpublished stories of great athletes, some of whom did not publish memoirs. Encountering their voices is a wonderful gift. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers."
"Oral histories are a great way to capture the real flavor of the past by talking with people who not only were affected by the events that went on around them, but who sometimes helped to influence those events as well."
"Those stories are powerful indeed. Lacy is joined in this volume by track and field stars Mal Whitfield and Mae Faggs Star, NBA player and coach Lenny Wilkens, tennis great Arthur Ashe, and several others."