• Michelle Smith

Amazing Melanated Mommies: 2

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!!!

Wilma Glodean Rudolph was an American sprinter who became a world-record holding Olympic champion and international sport icon. Rudolph was no stranger to adversity as she faced many obstacles from birth. Born prematurely, she suffered many childhood ailments including infantile paralysis caused by the polio virus. Beating the odds with little health care available to African Americans, at the age of 12 she gained the ability to walk with the persistent aid of her family. Rudolph continued to defy odds as she was deemed the fasted woman in the world after becoming the first woman to win three gold metals in a single Olympic Games. She accomplished this feat in 1960, while mothering a 2 year old daughter. After graduating from Tennessee State University in 1963 she became an educator and coach. Rudolph and her achievements are memorialized in a variety of tributes, including a U.S postage stamp, documentary films, a movie, numerous publications, and a legacy left behind to four children.

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