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Brown Bullet : Rajo Jack's Drive to Integrate Auto Racing

By: Poehler, Bill

1641602295 / 9781641602297
Published 05/05/2020
United States
6 x 228 mm 240 pages
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The powers-that-be in auto racing in the 1920s, namely the American Automobile Association's Contest Board, prohibited everyone who wasn't a white male from the sport.

Dewey Gaston, a black man who went by the name Rajo Jack, broke into the epicenter of racing in California, refusing to let the pervasive racism of his day stop him from competing against entire fields of white drivers.

Though Rajo Jack spent his whole life striving to reach the pinnacle of the sport, the Indianapolis 500, the greatest race in the world wouldn't have him.

In The Brown Bullet, Bill Poehler uncovers the life of a long-forgotten trailblazer and the great lengths he took to even get on the track, and in the end, tells how Rajo Jack proved to a generation that a black man could compete with some of the greatest white drivers of his era, wining some of the biggest races of the day.


BGS Biography: sport, JFFJ Social discrimination & inequality, WSP Motor sports

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