Rapid Ray: The Story Ray Lewis

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Tundra, Jun 5, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 160 pages
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Rapid Ray Lewis was arguably the fastest man of his generation. He won medals in the 1932 Olympics and the 1934 British Empire Games, and countless races in North America. Remarkable achievements for any man – but all the more remarkable because Lewis had to race poverty and prejudice. The geat-grandson of slaves, he worked as a porter on the railway, and trained by running alongside the tracks when the train was stopped on the prairies.

Rapid Ray is far more than a sports autobiography; it is as much a history of one man’s battle for equality as it is a history of Olympic-level track. Throughout his long life – he is now in his nineties – Ray Lewis has fought discrimination not only in sports, but in every walk of life.


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Contents

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    CHAPTER 1    MY EARLY YEARS
    CHAPTER 2    MY ROOTS
    CHAPTER 3    RACISM
    CHAPTER 4    RUNNING FAST
    CHAPTER 5    HIGH SCHOOL
    CHAPTER 6    THE PENN RELAYS
    CHAPTER 7    BLACK LIFE IN HAMILTON IN THE 1920S
    CHAPTER 10    I JOIN CANADAS OLYMPIC TEAM
    CHAPTER 11    LOS ANGELES AND THE OLYMPIC GAMES
    CHAPTER 12    BACK ON THE CPR
    CHAPTER 13    THE BRITISH EMPIRE GAMES
    CHAPTER 14    CROSSING THE FINISH LINE
    CHAPTER 15    BEING MY OWN BOSS
    CHAPTER 16    RECOGNITION
RAY LEWIS

    CHAPTER 8    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
    CHAPTER 9    TRAINING FOR THE OLYMPICS

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About the author (2009)

John Cooper is a corporate communications specialist for the Government of Ontario. He also teaches corporate communications at Centennial College in Toronto, and writes books. John has been interested in African-Canadian history since he was 12 years-old when he read Black Like Me. He is a member of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, and is editor of their newsletter.

John Cooper first wrote about Rapid Ray Lewis in his adult book, Shadow Running. He also co-wrote and edited My Name’s Not George. Rapid Ray: The Story of Ray Lewis is a book for younger readers which is both a social history and a book about running.

John Cooper lives in Whitby, Ontario with his wife and three children.


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