The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby

By Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

The thrilling text and dramatic oil paintings make it exceedingly difficult to put this book down before reaching the very last page. Carefully intertwined in the tales of Wink’s triumphs and defeats are important lessons about discrimination and job opportunities that had a profound impact on his career progression. The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby makes a valuable contribution to children’s literature by bringing to life the story of an African American hero whose rightful place in sports history has only recently gained recognition and appreciation.