Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball
Illustrator: Frank Morrison
Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball’s all-time-greatest players—an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the first professional African-American players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels and restaurants turned Elgin away because he was black. One night, Elgin had enough and staged a one-man protest that captured the attention of the press, the public, and the NBA.
Above the Rim is a poetic, exquisitely illustrated telling of the life of an underrecognized athlete and a celebration of standing up for what is right.
Author’s note. Suggestions for further reading and resources. Notes. Time line. Full-color illustrations created in oil.
JLG Release: Dec 2020
8 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Elgin Baylor (1934– ), US basketball players, Biography, Sports and recreation, Black athletes, Segregation, Civil rights movement, Discrimination, Peaceful protests, NBA (National Basketball Association),