Celebrate Black History Month: Athletes

The month of February is Black History Month in the United States. Check out a biography about a famous black athlete to learn more about their lives.

Ali : an American champion by Barry Denenberg

Puts the famous boxer in to historical context through the use of newspaper articles, interviews, opinion pieces, and photographs.

Gabby Douglas by Sarah Tieck

Discusses the life of the Olympian, including her family, how she started in gymnastics, and her Olympic success.

A biography of the Hall of Fame baseball player who broke Babe Ruth's career home run record.

Describes the life and accomplishments of the first African American baseball player in the major leagues in modern times.

The life story of Joe Louis, heavyweight champion boxer, with the complete history of his career in the ring.

LeBron James : NBA champion by Justine Ciovacco

Tells the life and accomplishments of the high school basketball player, called "The Chosen One" by Sports Illustrated, who went on to become Rookie of the Year during his first NBA season.

The first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series describes her life and athletic exploits.

The stone thrower by Jael Ealey Richardson

Describes the childhood of Chuck Ealey, who dreamed of becoming a football quarterback despite the prejudices he faced as an African American.

Who was Jesse Owens? by James Buckley

Describes the life of the sharecroppers' son who became an Olympic legend and challenged Hitler's dream of Aryan superiority.

Wilma Rudolph by Isabel Martin

"Simple text and photographs present the life of Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman to win three Olympic gold medals"--.

A visual profile of the record-setting baseball star traces his Birmingham childhood, achievements in the Negro Leagues, and fame as a center fielder for the Giants.