“I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.”
On February 6, 1993, Arthur Ashe -- the legendary tennis player, humanitarian and social activist for causes such as bringing an end to South African apartheid and AIDS research -- died at the age of 49 yrs. Ashe was a trailblazer and the impact of his life and work transcended his athleticism.
Ashe authored the book The Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African American Athlete:
He also co-authored an autobiography of his own life: