Ways Of Grace: Stories Of Activism, Adversity, And How Sports Can Bring Us Together by James BlakeWays Of Grace: Stories Of Activism, Adversity, And How Sports Can Bring Us Together by James Blake

Ways Of Grace: Stories Of Activism, Adversity, And How Sports Can Bring Us Together

byJames Blake

Hardcover | June 27, 2017

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Inspired by Arthur Ashe’s bestselling memoir Days of Grace, a collection of positive, uplifting stories of seemingly small acts of grace from across the sports world that have helped to bridge cultural and racial divides.

Like many people of color, James Blake has experienced the effects of racism firsthand—publicly—first at the U.S. Open, and then in front of his hotel on a busy Manhattan street, where he was tackled and handcuffed by a police officer in a case of "mistaken identity." Though rage would have been justified, Blake faced both incidents with dignity and aplomb.

In Ways of Grace he reflects on his experiences and explores those of other sports stars and public figures who have not only overcome adversity, but have used them to unite rather than divide, including:

Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, a Pakistani Muslim and Amir Hadad, an Israeli Jew, who despite the conflicts of their countries, paired together in the 2002 Wimbledon men’s doubles draw.

Muhammad Ali, who transcended racism with a magnetic personality and a breathtaking mastery of boxing that was unparalleled.

Nelson Mandela, who spent twenty-seven years in prison for his commitment to social reform, peace, and equality yet never gave up his battle to end apartheid—a struggle that led to his eventual freedom and his nation's transition to black majority rule.

Groundbreaking tennis legend Arthur Ashe, who was a model of courage, elegance, and poise on the court and off; a gifted player who triumphed in the all-white world of professional tennis, and became one of his generation's greatest players.

Weaving together these and other poignant and unforgettable stories, Blake reveals how, through seemingly small acts of grace, we can confront hatred, bigotry, and injustice with virtue—and use it to propel ourselves to greater heights.

James Blake left Harvard to join the professional tennis circuit in 1999, playing until his retirement at the U.S. Open in 2013. He received the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2005 and was named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year in 2008. He is the author (with Andrew Friedman) of the New York Times bestselling memoir Break...
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Title:Ways Of Grace: Stories Of Activism, Adversity, And How Sports Can Bring Us TogetherFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.89 inPublished:June 27, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062354523

ISBN - 13:9780062354525

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“’Ways of Grace’ came to life soon after Blake’s false and rather brutal arrest...[Blake’s] approach was to study the lives of many athletes…Along the way he also seeks to sort out his own quest to balance life as an athlete with the desire to make a difference.”