Overcoming the Odds: Biographies of Great American Leaders

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital

Hosted by: Ragged Mountain Running Shop and African American Programs at Virginia Humanities


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Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life) and David W. Blight (Frederick Douglass) discuss, through their acclaimed biographies, the extraordinary lives of the famous African-American activist-leaders Arthur Ashe and Frederick Douglass. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Why should you attend?

“For those who have long admired Ashe, this close look at his life offers even more evidence that he was more than a great player, he was an extraordinary person. . . . Arthur Ashe: A Life is among the best books about tennis I’ve ever read — it’s a deep, detailed, thoughtful chronicle of one of the country’s best and most important players.” (Touré, The New York Times Book Review)

“Superbly written. . . . Blight viscerally captures the vitality, strength, and determination of his subject. . . . [He] delivers what is sure to be considered the standard-bearer for years to come. A masterful, comprehensive biography.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review