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Black History: Special Delivery!!

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February 20, 2017

Darnell Lamont Walker Quote

Black History:  Special Delivery!!

“I am the descendant of a WHOLE BUNCH OF BLACK FOLK who couldn’t be broken.”

-Darnell Lamont Walker

Louise Stokes & Tidye Pickett: 1st African American Women To Qualify For U.S. Olympic Team

Black History:  Special Delivery!!

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Tidye Pickett (back row, far right), Louise Stokes, (3rd from the left-back row)

Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) has the distinction  of having one of the first women’s track teams in the United States.  The team was started in 1929.  3 years later, two African American women,  Louise Stokes (1913-1978) and Tidye Pickett (1914-1986) qualified for the 1932 Olympics in track and field.     (Neither Stokes nor Pickett attended Tuskegee).   They traveled to the Olympics with the team but were not allowed to compete because of their race.  Replaced by 2 white teammates, Pickett and Stokes watched from the stands as their team competed.

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