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.
Did you miss yesterday’s post on the “Tour For Diversity In Medicine”? Click the link to learn more about how two African American Physicians are traveling the country by bus to encourage students of color to pursue careers in medicine!