Black and White: The Way I See It Hardcover – 6 May 2014
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Richard Williams has long been widely regarded as an enigma. Now, in his own words he reveals himself as a proud - and some times dangerously stubborn -- warrior with a keen, incisive mind. Part memoir and part how-to guide on raising children, this is a fascinating tale of a complex character who refused to give up or give intothe status quo...
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Mr Williams shows us that in order to make a real change, a real impact, one of the best things you can do is become successful. I've been a big Serena and Venus fan for a while, but now I am an even bigger Richard Williams fan.
Williams’ upbringing was a humble one in the segregated community of Shreveport where he lived with his four siblings in a house with no bed or in-house toilet. Richard Williams is a man accustomed to standing up to authority; something to which the tennis fraternity can bear witness. Williams repeatedly violated the Jim Crow segregation laws and challenged the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). He infiltrated the KKK by disguising himself as a Klan member and used the cloak of anonymity to physically attack some of the Klan members.
In 1978, he met Oracene Price who had three daughters from a previous marriage. At the time, Williams had no interest in the game of tennis but that all changed one day when he was at home watching television and asked his stepdaughter Yetunde to change the television channel. As she switched the channel, she tuned to a TV station which was showing a tennis match and then turned to another channel. He watched in astonishment as he heard the announcer say, "That's not bad for four days work" in response to the victorious player's $40,000 prize winnings for claiming the French Open title. Williams made up his mind that he would have two children and make them play tennis.
A few years after the birth of his daughters Serena and Venus, he relocated his family from the comfortable terrain of Long Beach to Compton - an area synonymous with drugs, crime, gangs and poverty as he felt the environment would give his daughters a fighter’s mentality.Read more ›
His daughters, Venus and Serena, are and have been my idols since I was a very young girl. To read about their upbringing, in such detail, was insightful and highly enjoyable and I learnt a great deal that is unavailable and often times censored by the media. The writing style is eloquent and poignant; this book is a must read for those interested in tennis and those who have never watched a full match. You must read this book.
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black and white is very empowering, i would strongly recommend it. its one of the best books if not the best book I've ever read.Published 15 days ago by cakes
Heart wrenching stuff how has he produced not one but two tennis chdmpions take serena away its Venus that has the most majors of current active playersPublished 6 months ago by richard mayers
Richard Williams is a genius, pure and simple. There is no other word for what he has archived.Published 11 months ago by Radio Jumbo0
still reading heart felt account of where Richard Williams was coming from I have to finish this bookPublished 15 months ago by Lucia M.