VIDEO: Alice Coachman the First African American Woman to Win Olympic Gold

BY: - 10 Aug '12 | On the Web

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Who was the first African American woman to win Olympic gold? The answer is Alice Coachman, but did you know that? Before reading this post, could you have honestly answered this question?

With rags and no shoes Alice Coachman taught herself how to high jump. She would later win 25 national championship titles and eventually an Olympic Gold medal in the 1948 Olympic Games in London. You can learn more about Ms. Coachman and her amazing history in the video below.

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  • Jackie Bledsoe, Jr.

    Nice…real nice post and video. Thx for sharing BMWK!

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      Thanks Jackie. Ms. Coachman should definitely be a household name.

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9-Year-Old Detroit Native Rasies Money for the City

BY: - 13 Aug '12 | On the Web

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9-year-old Joshua Smith has become quite the philanthropist in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Seeing the harsh struggles citizens of the cash-strapped city are facing, Smith made it his mission to help. With the support of his family, Smith set up a snack stand that has helped him to raise almost 4,000.

On Tuesday, Smith was awarded the “Spirit of Detroit” Award by the Detroit City Council. “I’m a believer (in Detroit) and here’s a young man at 9 years old who also believes,” said Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. “I think that bodes very well for the future of the city because when you can get your children to get engaged; to understand the depth of the problem you have and say that “˜I’m not just going to sit on the sidelines’ either.” (courtesy of

While Smith has been gaining world recognition for his fundraising efforts, he has not lost site of his future. The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation recently awarded Smith a 2,500 college scholarship. His scholarship award was especially rare because the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation only awards funds to high school seniors.

“His heart is really in it for the people, and he’s always been a very helpful boy,” Joshua’s father, Flynn Smith, told ABC News. Smith’s efforts provide another ray of hope for Detroiters. All isn’t lost for the city of Detroit.

View a video of Joshua below by Vlogger True Speech. After you view the video please share your thoughts and encouragement for Joshua in the comments section.

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Angel Mills is a student at Howard University studying Broadcast Journalism. Also known as the Self-Proclaimed Mediast, Angel is a blogger and writer. Her ideal career would entail traveling the world and writing about the people she meets along the way.


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