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My Los Angeles in Black & White Sports and Entertainment Steven A. Riess, Series Editor Other titles from Sports and Entertainment Abel Kiviat, National Champion: Twentieth-Century Track & Field and the Melting Pot Alan S. Katchen Anything for a T-Shirt: Fred Lebow and the New York City Marathon, the World’s Greatest Footrace Ron Rubin Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1860–1901: Operating by Any Means Necessary Michael E. Lomax Blacks at the Net: Black Achievement in the History of Tennis, 2 vols. Sundiata Djata Fair Dealing and Clean Playing: The Hilldale Club and the Development of Black Professional Baseball, 1910–1932 Neil Lanctot Fastest Kid on the Block: The Marty Glickman Story Marty Glickman with Stan Isaacs Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America David K. Wiggins Muscle and Manliness: The Rise of Sport in American Boarding Schools Axel Bundgaard Sports and the American Jew Steven A. Riess, ed. Of Related Interest Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd Earl Lloyd and Sean Kirst My Los Angeles in Black & White Andrew Furman Syracuse University Press Copyright © 2010 by Syracuse University Press Syracuse, New York 13244-5290 All Rights Reserved First Edition 2010 10 11 12 13 14 15 6 5 4 3 2 1 Author’s Note: Some (though not many) of the names that appear in this book have been changed. ∞ The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1992. For a listing of books published and distributed by Syracuse University Press, visit our Web site at ISBN: 978-0-8156-0959-9 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Furman, Andrew, 1968– My Los Angeles in black and (almost) white / Andrew Furman. — 1st ed. p. cm. — (Sports and entertainment) Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-0-8156-0959-9 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Basketball—Social aspects—California—San Fernando Valley. 2. Granada Hills High School (Los Angeles, Calif.)—Basketball. 3. Furman, Andrew, 1968– —Anecdotes. 4. School integration—California—San Fernando Valley. 5. Segregation in education—California—San Fernando Valley. 6. San Fernando Valley (Calif.)—Race relations. 7. San Fernando Valley (Calif.)—Social Conditions. 8. Los Angeles (Calif.)—Race relations. 9. Los Angeles (Calif.)— Social conditions. I. Title. GV885.73.L67F87 2010 796.32309794’94—dc22 2010033492 Manufactured in the United States of America For Sophia Andrew Furman teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author, most recently, of the novel Alligators May Be Present (2005). In addition, he has published numerous essays on a variety of topics in Poets & Writers, Ecotone, Oxford American, Agni Online, Image, ISLE, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Forward, and elsewhere, and he is a frequent book reviewer for the Miami Herald. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of essays that examine Florida’s ecology. ...


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