Days of Grace: A Memoir by Arthur AsheWhat is grace?
I know until you ask me; when you ask me, I do not know.
Days of Grace: A Memoir is the most moving, honest and soul-baring memoir of a sports figure that Ive read. Arthur Ashe was one of the foremost and memorable sports legends of my youth and was a trailblazer in what had been an exclusive country-club sport. I first became aware of him when I started playing tennis competitively at 10/11 years old in 75/76 when he was ranked #2 in the World. Not being born into privilege myself, back then I pulled for, as I do still today, the underdog, the one who breaks ceilings blasting off floors.
In 1963, Ashe became the first African-American to be selected for the U.S. Davis Cup team. To this day, he is the only black man to win singles titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. It seems to me one of the only male sports (mens tennis) which, unfortunately, still hasnt been fully integrated.
Ashe contracted the HIV virus via a blood transfusion received during heart bypass surgery in the early/mid 1980s and didnt disclose it publicly until 1992. He regretted not making the disclosure sooner, but during the year between his announcement and his death from AIDS-related pneumonia (shortly before reaching 50 in 2/93), his Days of Grace, he did so much good for those with AIDS, furthered public discourse on the disease, and paved the way for more tolerance of those with the disease.
Enter your The HistoryMakers username. Enter the password that accompanies your username. Art has been a life-long pursuit for Moutoussamy-Ashe. Her mother, Elizabeth Moutousammy, an interior designer and father, John Moutoussamy, an architect, encouraged her artistic side. Taking advantage of the opportunities available to them in Chicago, she began her formal training at age eight when her parents enrolled her in classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. When it was time for undergraduate studies, Moutoussamy-Ashe moved east to New York and received a B.
Open and Wimbledon singles titles. He was also the first African-American man to earn the No. Always an activist, when Ashe learned that he had contracted AIDS via a blood transfusion, he turned his efforts to raising awareness about the disease, before finally succumbing to it on February 6,
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They were seated around the kitchen table -- Arthur Ashe; his wife, Jeanne, and their daughter, Camera, now 6 years old. This was a short time ago and the conversation was unremarkable, about what Jeanne and Arthur had done that day, and what Camera was doing in school.
It only has to be that you are introducing your child to this illness, and that you become comfortable talking about it. On a recent weekday morning at her Upper East Side apartment, Ms. Moutoussamy-Ashe, 42, spoke of the life and death of her husband, Arthur Ashe, and the life she has now as a professional photographer, a fledgling AIDS educator and the single parent of their 7-year-old daughter, Camera. And that's what the adolescent population today doesn't have. Moutoussamy-Ashe was there with him, and at one point she stepped forward to read the tennis champion's statement when he could not continue.