American professional tennis player Serena Williams has won over Grand Slam Single titles and several Olympic gold medals. “At age American Serena and her sister Venus started playing tennis. “(A&E) Since turning pro she’s countless awards and
Coachman for instance, had to improvise her training when she first fell in love with track and field; she ran barefoot in fields or dirt roads and only had access to old equipment or had to make her own equipment. For example, to practice her high jump she would attach a rope on sticks and practice with just that. She was very creative. Her perseverance to excel caught the eye of her high school’s boy’s track and field coach, Harry E. Lash, who eventually helped her earn a scholarship at Tuskegee Institute, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Coachman had to compete barefoot during her first competition but still manage to break high school and college level high jump records during the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) competitions, finally dominating the AAU competitions. Coachman, however, did not become popular until the Olympic Games of 1948, where she set a high jump record, winning her the gold medal and making her the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal and she became the first black woman to also earn an endorsement deal by the Coca Cola Company (“Alice Coachman,” 2016). She was even invited at the White House to meet the President and was celebrated with a motorcade that traveled from Atlanta to her hometown in Albany. Hearing that sounds like she had a good experience on her way home, but that was not the case. Coachman still returned to a segregated home and even though she was honored with a motorcade parade, her audience and fans had to, by law, stand separately and sit separately inside the auditorium where the mayor “honored” her accomplishments. In addition, the mayor refused to shake her hand because “...he refused to shake the hand of a woman who has shaken the hand of the President, a King, and a Count” and even Coachman had to enter and exit the auditorium from a side door (Ingram,
Gabby Douglas was the first African-American female gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual All-Around champion. In the 2012 Olympic Games, she won gold in the team competition and the individual competition. She is a gymnastics phenom. From the beginning of her career to where she is today, she has been a true trooper through everything. Gabrielle Douglas is an inspiration to me and many others because she overcame being homeless,moved in with a new family, and won Olympic gold in gymnastics.
By showing others that even the shortest amount of words with confidence, it can go a long way. She has made an impact. Although, she knows that that is only possible by having confidence. When people see a confident, strong, independent person like Alex they will aspire to be like her. She is influential enough, that people become like her and influence others. Anyone can do anything and it is especially easy when you have a positive influence. Alex Morgan is that positive influence to not only young athletes but women in general.
Shirley Chisholm, first African American woman to be elected to Congress was born in Brooklyn on November 30, 1924. She is one of the most profound and admired women that challenged society not only as a woman, but a woman of color. She made many contributions to the women's movement and society.
Althea Gibson: the first African-American to win the French championships, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Nationals.
She’s just a girl who had won over 14 champion medals. Who is that you are probably wondering. Well “that girl” is Simone Biles. Biles won over 10 gold medals in the sport of gymnastics. Some people say that simone can do tumbling passes on the balance beam that some olympians can’t even do on floor. Some say that is true some say that is false.
Mary Lou dominated the world of gymnastics. She made records and had fun doing it. She is still an idol for gymnasts today. That's why I think Mary Lou Retton is the most supreme gymnast
Clearly, Laurie’s biggest accomplishment is performing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but nobody know what led up to that. Laurie met Maggie Haney when she was only six years old at her first gymnastic class. It was then Haney pushed Hernandez to attend the USA Gymnastics development camps at age nine, which, of course, she excelled at. (Laurie)
Before I begin to talk about Arthur Ashe, I feel that it would be appropriate to talk about what was going on around the world at the time. One of the reasons why Arthur Ashe was famous was because he was African American and in that time period, americans found themselves question the ideals of the country. Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence "that all men are created equal", yet africans were segregated from everything; from schools to water fountains. Africans were treated like second class citizens even though many of them have brought fame and honor to the country. Many black athletes would go on to shock the world, including Jesse Owens who would win four gold medals in the 1936 in Nazi Germany Olympics, and Jackie Robinson who became the first major league african american baseball player. Among these famous players was Arthur Robert Ashe Jr.
Like Jackie Robinson Melba Beals was also broke through the color barrier. Melba Beals was the first African American to step foot in Little Rock High school, Arizona. It was an
To begin, Althea Gibson and Barbara Jordan needed determination to succeed, which then led them to make history. This is because Althea Gibson was the first African American competitor in women's pro gulf and Barbara Jordan as the first African American woman from a Southern state to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both women were respected by many other women around the world for their success. Although the biggest breakthrough was Barbara Jordan accomplishment. This is because back in the 1974 people believed that women couldn’t do as well as a men could. In the article “Barbara Jordan” it states “She twice ran unsuccessfully for the Texas House before winning the 1966 contest for a newly created Texas State Senate district. In Austin she won the respect of her colleagues and
of not only African Americans, but females too. She showed that women were just as talented as
Althea Gibson had not only played sports professionally she had also achieved great things and even making history. Althea Gibson did this by winning competitions that white people had taken place in showing that African Americans were just as capable as white people. Gibson had even gone as far as to win the U.S National Championship, the top-ranked tennis player in the world, and female athlete of the year by the Associated Press. At this point, Althea had exterminated every bit of talk about how white people are superior to African Americans and that the African Americans were