On Account of Darkness

Shining Light on Race and Sport

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Pub Date 15 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 15 Feb 2023

Description

The history of sport is representative of the challenges that have confronted generations of non-white citizens in all aspects of life. Each chapter uses the story of a particular athlete or team—some famous, others more obscure—to illuminate one aspect of the evolving relationship between race and sport in North America. Combining tales of personal triumph with sports history and social commentary, On Account of Darkness examines systemic racism and ambivalent social attitudes that persist to this day.

The history of sport is representative of the challenges that have confronted generations of non-white citizens in all aspects of life. Each chapter uses the story of a particular athlete or...


A Note From the Publisher

Teacher resource guide available in September

Ian Kennedy is an educator and journalist with a passion for sport and storytelling. A writer with The Hockey News and Yahoo Sports, his reporting has also been featured on radio and in publications including The Globe and Mail.

Teacher resource guide available in September

Ian Kennedy is an educator and journalist with a passion for sport and storytelling. A writer with The Hockey News and Yahoo Sports, his reporting has...


Advance Praise

 . . a deep dive into a vital topic that also contains such depth of feeling, depth of history, and depth of personal recollection to animate why knowing the past is so critical for the present.

DAVE ZIRIN, Sports Editor at The Nation,
author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States


Kennedy has collected more than 100 years of stories about athletes who excelled amid systemic racism. This movement helped him realize that in addition to celebrating athletes who fought for inclusion, we need to also recognize how sport acted (and still acts) as a vehicle for exclusion.

Shawna Butler, The Miramichi Reader


A well-researched and often uncomfortable trip through Canadian sports history. Ian Kennedy’s reporting about teams like the Chatham Coloured All-Stars will rekindle discussions about athletes from our country’s past who deserve a more prominent place in history, and ought to also spark a debate about whether some of Canada’s most prominent sporting legends deserve the pedestal they have been put upon.

Rick Westhead, TSN Senior Correspondent

 . . a deep dive into a vital topic that also contains such depth of feeling, depth of history, and depth of personal recollection to animate why knowing the past is so critical for the present.

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Marketing Plan

  • Upcoming podcast interview on All Write in Sin City
  • Upcoming podcast interview on The Edge of Sports
  • Upcoming podcast interview on The End of Sport
  • The author is available for personal appearances in the Detroit, Buffalo, Toledo and Philadelphia areas
  • The author is available for virtual book club appearances throughout North America
  • Upcoming podcast interview on All Write in Sin City
  • Upcoming podcast interview on The Edge of Sports
  • Upcoming podcast interview on The End of Sport
  • The author is available for personal...

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ISBN 9781990160103
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