Lunch with the Locals: A Compilation of the Stories of Sports Figures of Color

Arif Khatib, Pete Elman,et al. in a virtual discussion

Join its primary authors Arif Khatib and Pete Elman and other contributors and subjects in a virtual panel discussing the recently published book, In the Shadow of Obscurity: Toiling in a Reluctant Society (ENH Publishing 2020).

The book is a compilation of biographical essays, interviews, etc. about "brave trailblazers, men and women whose skills and exploits contributed to an array of individual and team well as two journalists who championed their causes," its goal "to continue the mission and vision of the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame," founded by Khatib.

Joining Khatib and Elman will be Janet Johnson, founder of Sistas on the Link, local filmmaker Doug Harris who contributes with a piece on basketball pioneer Don Barksdale and Urla Hill, a historian of San Jose State University sports who writes about the South Bay Japanese-American judo legend Yoshihiro Uchida.  John Carlos, bronze-medalist in the 1968 Olympic Games, who figures prominently in the text, will also be on hand. (Carlos is best remembered as part of the historic action in Mexico City in 1968 when he and gold-medalist Tommie Smith, a teammate on the San Jose State Spartans track team, raised their fists in the Black Power salute during while accepting their medals in the 200-meter event.)

The event will be broadcast live on the library's Facebook page.

This mid-week, early afternoon event, hosted by librarian Steven Lavoie, launches "Lunch with the Locals," an on-going series of virtual events during lunch-hour that will focus on the Main Library's Local Authors collection.


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