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The Tigerbelles: Olympic Legends from Tennessee State

One hot Southern summer in 1960 at Tennessee State University, a regional college for black students, a coach and his team of women runners, called the Tigerbelles, sprinted on a dirt track, dodging potholes and cow piles, preparing for a shot to run on the world stage at the Olympics in Rome. Eight women on the team made it to the final competition, and four of them came back home with gold medals. This is the extraordinary story of how one team changed the face of women's athletics forever, and how the world fell in love with the Tigerbelles.

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Available January 2, 2024, Lyons Press


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As we face waves of climate emergencies and pandemic shutdowns, outrages and protests, America sometimes feels like it’s coming apart. They writers in this collection of essays tell a different, more hopeful story: of a country learning not to turn its back to the changeable and restless forces of history.

A mother in a mixed-race family reflects on being mistaken for a nanny at her child’s playground. A writer interrogates his own relationship to “Asianness.” Parents confront fears around their children’s futures, and a historical essayist asks us to confront inequality at its starkest: the unmarked graves awaiting some of our unhoused. By looking intimately at the biased thinking that has fueled our divisions, these writers – clear-eyed, inviting, insightful – chart a new way forward. These are the visions that are Next.

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