Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper
Bare feet shouldn’t fly.
Long legs shouldn’t spin,
Braids shouldn’t flap in the wind.
“Sit on the porch and be a lady,” Papa scolded Alice.
In Alice’s Georgia hometown, there was no track where an African-American girl could practice, so she made her own crossbar with sticks and rags. With the support of her coach, friends, and community, Alice started to win medals. Her dream to compete at the Olympics came true in 1948. This is an inspiring free-verse story of the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Photos of Alice Coachman are also included.
What did Dorothy Dandridge order to eat after the 1955 Oscars ceremony? Filet mignon? Lobster? Burger and fries?
According to her manager, Earl Mills, the Carmen Jones star ordered one of her favorite dishes from a Harlem restaurant—chitlins! How many of you will be eating the funky dish for Thanksgiving dinner?
July 14th, 2014: The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, has died at age 90 in south Georgia.
Davis’ daughter, Evelyn Jones, says her mother died early Monday morning in Albany. Vera Williams, a secretary at Meadows Funeral Home in Albany, says Meadows will be handling Davis’ memorial service but plans haven’t been finalized yet.
Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London.While the games catapulted her to international acclaim and the first endorsement among African-American women, she had proven herself as a major track and field force in prior years. Many believe she would have dominated the 1940 and 1944 Summer Games, which were cancelled because of World War II. She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Davis attended Tuskegee University and won 25 national track and field championships — including 10 consecutive high jump titles.
She was the only American woman to win a gold medal at the 1948 games, and retired at age 25 after winning Olympic gold.
Remember Sisters, we ARE descendants of Queens.
So HOLD YOUR HEAD UP!!!
On this day in history In the spring of 1963, activists in Birmingham, Alabama launched one of the most influential campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement: Project C, better known as The Birmingham Campaign.
Jam Master Jay