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Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing's African-American Champion
Wendell O. Scott made history as the only black driver to win a race in a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) division. Born in Danville, Virginia, he scrimped and saved to buy his first car, a Model T, at age fourteen. Although he “loved to turn the wheel of a racecar, work magic on an engine, and then push it faster than it was ever meant to go,” he never had the ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Two Lions
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Written by Carole Boston Weatherford (2009) & illustrated by Eric A. Velasquez. Illustrations are rendered using Prismacolor Nupastels and Unison soft pastels on Wallis paper. This book is a picture book biography of the Wendell Scott story. He mad history as the only black driver to in a NASCAR Grand National division cup. He would always make his own race car because he had no sponsorship. He completed 500 races while he had a full time job, married & raised 6 children and put them ...more
Carole Boston Weatherford is known for pulling lesser known historical figures into the spotlight. Wendell Soctt's story is one of the most interesting and timely, as the segregation and discrimination that pushed against him 50 years ago still rears it's ugly head in the sport and among fans today. Weatherford conveys the story simply and honestly, opening the door for adults to discuss the darker parts with their children as appopriate, but keeping the book accessible for younger readers.
This is another example of this author's talent with biographical writing. I was really impressed and the illustrations by the equally talented Eric Velasquez were expressive and varied. Overall, this book is a winner. Everyone should make an effort to add this to their biography collection. A little known hero in the world of racing has been brought into the spotlight, and everyone should take notice.
A biography of the only African American to win a NASCAR race. Which happened in 1963, which begs the question of whether NASCAR is aware of the Civil Rights Movement. Either way, a nice picture book with old timey illustrations. Includes author's note.
Carole Boston Weatherford is a children's book author and poet who "mines the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles." A number of Weatherford's books tell the stories of African-American historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, and Billie Holiday. Other books recount historical events such as the Greensboro Sit-ins and the bombing of the Sixteenth ...moreMore about Carole Boston Weatherford...