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They Came Before Tiger Woods: Wake-Robin Golf Club, Inc | Praise 104.1

For Black History Month, WOL News Talk 1450 AM, WYCB My Spirit 1340 and Praise 104.1 will be taking a look at golfers who came before Tiger Woods and the struggles to play the game in a segregated society. Today we take a look at the Royal Golf Club. The Royals are brother organization to the Wake-Robin Golf Club. In 1938, both groups petitioned the federal government to desegregate public golf courses in Washington and was a major part of the movement of black golfers who pushed the PGA of America in 1961 to remove its white-only rule. Former Club […]

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Morehouse College Makes History As The First HBCU To Have A Polo Team | Because of Them We Can

Morehouse College just became the first Historically Black College & University (HBCU) to have a polo team. The Morehouse Polo Club was started in 2019 by students Rian Toussaint, Justin Wynn, and Caleb Cherry, in partnership with Miguel Wilson, owner of the Ride To The Olympics Foundation, HBCU Buzz reports. Cherry is an experienced equestrian and the only member of the club with prior experience. He competed in horse riding competitions for 10 years before picking up polo about 5 years ago. The idea to start the club on Morehouse’s campus actually came from Cherry’s polo coach. Wilson’s Ride To […]

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Montgomery Co. Sports Hall of Fame’s inaugural class includes 2 Olympic gold medalists | Montgomery Community Media

Twenty-three years removed from her days as a gold medal-winning gymnast with the U.S. Olympic team in the 1996 Atlanta Games, Dominique Dawes still can’t stop moving. As a mother of four small children, there is little time to reminisce about the old days. But Dawes is still making a positive impact in the world of gymnastics, a sport that was rocked by a sexual abuse scandal involving former U.S. Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar that effected hundreds of gymnasts. Recently Dawes announced that she will be opening a new gymnastics academy in Clarksburg, less than 30 miles from […]

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Herman Boone, high school football coach who inspired ‘Remember the Titans,’ dies at 84 | The Washington Post

Herman Boone, a trailblazing football coach who led Alexandria’s T.C. Williams High School to a Virginia state championship in 1971 and was later portrayed by Denzel Washington in the Hollywood film “Remember the Titans,” died Dec. 18 at his home in Alexandria. He was 84. The cause was lung cancer, said his daughters, Sharon Henderson and Monica Merritt. In 1971, in the wake of the civil rights era, Alexandria sought to achieve greater racial balance by merging its three high schools — George Washington, Hammond and T.C. Williams. As a result, T.C. Williams the city’s only public high school for […]

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Black U.S. Olympians Won In Nazi Germany Only To Be Overlooked At Home | NPR

Eighty years ago this month, the United States competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, with 18 African-American athletes part of the U.S. squad. Track star Jesse Owens, one of the greatest Olympians of all time, won four gold medals. What the 17 other African-American Olympians did in Berlin, though, has largely been forgotten — and so too has their rough return home to racial segregation. “Determination! That’s what it takes,” one of the athletes, John Woodruff, said during a 1996 oral history interview for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “A lot of fire in the stomach!” […]

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Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix just broke one of Usain Bolt’s world records | CNN

Lauren M. Johnson, CNN The longtime couple have finally become engaged, celebrating with family and friends. (Image via NBC Chicago). Featured Image NN – Not so fast, Usain Bolt — there’s a new World Championships record holder, and her name is Allyson Felix. USA Olympic sprinter Felix broke Bolt’s record Sunday after winning her 12th gold medal at the World Championships on the mixed-gender 4x400m relay team. She now holds the record for the most gold medals at the track and field World Championships. CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CNN

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Little Known Black History Fact: Mabel Fairbanks | Black America Web

The late Mabel Fairbanks might not have been afforded the opportunity to chase Olympic gold as an ice skater, but she is still rightfully recognized as a pioneer of the sport. Fairbanks is the first Black woman inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and coached many of the sport’s brightest stars. Fairbanks was born November 14, 1915 in the Florida Everglades. Little is known about her young life but birth records state she was of Black and Seminole Indian descent. Some reports state she was orphaned and found homeless on a park bench in New York by […]

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Taylor Dumpson, 1st Black Female Student Body President at American University, Awarded over $700K in Suit Against Neo-Nazi Website Founder | Good Black News

Staff, Good Black News Taylor Dumpson, American University’s student body president, grew up in Maryland with an awareness of the hateful symbolism surrounding the noose. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times. Featured Image United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that white supremacists who used social media to threaten and harass Taylor Dumpson, the first African American female student body president of American University in Washington D.C., were liable for over $700,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees. In 2017, Taylor Dumpson was elected as American University’s student body president. The day after she was inaugurated, […]

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