Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can Bring Us Together
On Sale: June 27, 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
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.
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