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Congrats Black History Month winners today! 2/7/14

February 7, 2014

Today's question was about the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. Many students were able to answer as Mrs. Wickham visited classrooms.

See below to read about Tidye Pickett and Louise Stokes (either answer would have won you a prize!)

The storied 1936 Olympics are famous also because they were the first to feature an African-American woman, Tidye Pickett. (Louise Stokes had expected to compete, but was pulled from the relay team at the last minute.) Stokes and Pickett had been scheduled to participate in Los Angeles in 1932, but were left out of the competition in yet another example of segregation. Unfortunately, Pickett broke her foot while racing in Berlin, and because the Second World War cancelled the Games in 1940 and 1944, it would not be until the 1948 London Games that a black woman brought home a medal. That year, Alice Coachman, a product of the prestigious track and field program at the Tuskegee Institute, won the gold in the high jump, while Aubrey Patterson won the bronze in the 200 meters. But like Owens’ victory twelve years earlier, the accomplishment was more symbolic than revolutionary. Coachman returned to the American South of the Jim Crow era, where her hometown of Albany, Georgia sponsored a segregated parade in her honor. Awareness of African-American athletes was increasing, but there was still little progress to show for it outside of the field of competition.