Days of Grace: A Memoir

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 9, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
"Touching and courageous...All of it--the man, the life, the book--is rare and beautiful."
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DAYS OF GRACE is an inspiring memoir of a remarkable man who was the true embodiment of courage, elegance, and the spirit to fight: Arthur Ashe--tennis champion, social activist, and person with AIDS. Frank, revealing, touching--DAYS OF GRACE is the story of a man felled to soon. It remains as his legacy to us all....
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A genuinely affecting testament from the quietly activist champion-athlete who died young this past February. With an unobtrusive assist from Rampersad (The Life of Langston Hughes, 1988), Ashe offers ... Read full review

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Days of Grace begins with an understandably annoyed Ashe holding a TV press conference to preempt a newspaper report that he has been stricken with the AIDS virus. After a diatribe against the ... Read full review

Contents

Middle Passage
35
A Captain in the Davis
65
Protest and Politics III
111
The Burden of Race
139
The Striving and Achieving
187
The Beast in the Jungle
218
Sex and Sports in the Age of AIDS
249
Stepping Up
279
The Threads in My Hands
305
My Dear Camera
329
Index
343
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About the author (2011)

Arthur Ashe (1943–1993) was a tennis champion, AIDS activist, and tireless crusader for racial and social justice. He was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985 and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993.

Arnold Rampersad, the Sarah Hart Kimball Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Stanford University, has also taught at Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers Universities. His books include The Life of Langston Hughes (two volumes); biographies of W. E. B. Du Bois, Jackie Robinson, and Ralph Ellison; and, with Arthur Ashe, Days of Grace: A Memoir. Among his numerous awards and honors are a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1991 and the National Humanities Medal, presented at the White House in 2011.

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