Introduction: Racing for "Gold and Glory" The Adventurer The Dawn of a New Opportunity 100% American The Negro Speed King Charlie's Gang "A Darn Good Move on Us" A Bad Premonition Epilogue: These Men of Grease and Grit
The never-before-told story of "the Negro Speed King" and the African American racing car circuit
Todd Gould is the ten-time Emmy Award-winning writer and television producer of For Gold and Glory, the PBS television special on which this book is based. Gould is author of Pioneers of the Hardwood, also published by Indiana University Press.
Gr 9 Up-Narrated by actor Ossie Davis, this documentary has brilliantly rescued from obscurity an aspect of black history unfamiliar to many Americans today that provides an interesting chapter in the African-American journey to greater recognition and respect. The narration, interviews, short video clips, and photographs are set to a memorable jazz score by Grammy nominee David Baker. This story appeared previously in the book by Todd Gould (Indiana University Press, 2003), but its visual appeal here is sure to reach a wider audience. In focusing on a forgotten group of African-American sportsmen, this production highlights mechanic and race car owner Charlie Wiggins. Wiggins helped create a national racing league for African Americans and its celebrated race, the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes, an annual sporting event attracting national attention. The conversations with Charlie's wife Roberta (voiced by Ruby Dee) and interviews with former Gold and Glory drivers, family members, and historians bring to life an important chapter of history and offer insight into the black social landscape. Public libraries with large black history collections will want to purchase this title for its original and primary sources. Collections offering resources about the history of racing car circuits will want to include this lesser known chapter of history. High school teachers seeking to provide their students with a glimpse into black history before the civil rights movement will find much for discussion here.-Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach Public Library District, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Author Todd Gould has a remarkable eye for detail and a good ear for pace and tone... For Gold and Glory is an exciting ride about an American legend, a book that almost turns an ordinary man into a superhero." Black Issues Book Review