Parnassus Books welcomes Dwight Lewis author of Temple’s Tigerbelles.
Temple’s Tigerbelles: An Illustrated History Of The Women Who Outran The World is a history book, a sports book and a picture book about the young ladies who “opened the door for other women, not only in track and field, but in all sports.’’
These young ladies, including Wilma Rudolph, who overcame polio as a child to go on to win three gold medals in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and became known as the fastest woman on Earth, were products of Nashville’s Tennessee State University and led by their coach, Edward Stanley Temple.
Temple’s Tigerbelles, illustrated by well-known Nashville artist James Threalkill and written by former Tennessean newspaper writers Dwight Lewis and Susan Thomas, tells of the amazing hardships these young ladies went through as Coach Temple led them to 23 Olympic medals – 13 Gold, six Silver and four Bronze from the 1956 Olympic Games through the 1984 Olympic Games.
Dwight Lewis, the American Civil Liberties Union-Tennessee 2018 Lifetime Achievement honoree, is an award-winning journalist who retired in September 2011 as editorial page editor and op-ed page columnist for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville.
A member of First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Dwight served as foreman of the January 2018 term of the Davidson County Grand Jury.