• Michelle Smith

Amazing Melanated Mommies: 13

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

While African American history is too extraordinary to be summed up in a year, let alone a month, we will be celebrating phenomenal women who changed the world as we see it now all while raising children. If they can do it, so can we. Lets do it!!!

Chandra Cheeseborough is a retired sprinter who now serves as the director of track and field at Tennessee State University. Born in Jacksonville FL, Cheeseborough broke through the international track and field scene at age 16 by winning two gold medals at the 1975 Pan American Games taking the 200 m in an American record time of 22.77 seconds. While she has broken a number of records, her most memorable year in the 400 m came in 1984, when she set two American records in the event, then placed second in the Los Angeles Olympics in a career best of 49.05. The 49.05 still ranks her as the #10 performer of all time. She made history at the 1984 Games when she became the first woman to win gold medals in both relays, which were held less than an hour apart. In 1999 he also became the first woman head track and field coach at her alma mater, Tennessee State University. Cheeseborough has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team at the 1999 Junior Pan-Am Championships as well as coach for the sprints and hurdles for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice is a mother of 2 daughters.

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