Race and Sports
A Reference Handbook
by Rachel Laws Myers
January 2021, 359pp, 6 x 9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6282-3
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Seventy percent of the players in the National Football League are black.

Race and Sports: A Reference Handbook provides a breadth and depth of discussion about minority athletes, coaches, sports journalists, and others in U.S. sport.

This volume examines race and sports and connected issues, from the integration of professional sports to the present day. It also explores the history of minority involvement in sports at every level: the barriers broken, the stereotypes that have been shattered, and the difficulties that these pioneers have endured. One of the most valuable aspects of the book is that it surveys the history of race and sports in a manner that helps readers identify key issues.

An extensive background on the topic of race and sports, including a review of the history and an introduction to its technical aspects, is followed by a discussion of controversies, problems, and possible solutions. Essays from various contributors showcase different aspects of race and sports, while a substantial amount of the volume is dedicated to reference material — such as biographical sketches, a chronology, an extensive annotated bibliography, and a glossary — helpful in further study of the topic.


  • Gives readers a solid foundation of the history of race and sports, from professional integration to present day
  • Provides readers with a number of primary, secondary, and multimedia sources to continue expanding their knowledge on the topic of race and sports
  • Discusses race and sports in a way that also acknowledges the intersectionality of gender and class in the sporting world
  • Rounds out the author’s expertise with perspective essays that offer readers a diversity of viewpoints
Rachel Laws Myers is director of diversity and inclusion and an instructor in English at The Hotchkiss School. She earned her PhD in African American and African Studies with a concentration in English from Michigan State University. As an undergraduate at Binghamton University, she played four years of NCAA Division I basketball, and in 2016 she was inducted into Binghamton University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Myers has been published in two books, Women in Sports: Breaking Barriers, Facing Obstacles and Race Still Matters: African American Lived Experiences in the Twenty-First Century.


"This work is a welcome compilation that will be of use to anyone interested in the impact of race in sports and on society as a whole."—Booklist Online, May 21, 2021

"Will be of interest to social sciences and physical education students, as well as those interested in athletics."—Library Journal, June 1, 2021

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