In memory of Alice Coachman the first African-American woman to win an Olympian gold medal who died at age 90 in July 2014. Click news article below.
At the 1948 Olympics in London members of the U.S. Women’s Track and Field team went down to defeat one by one. Any hope of winning rested on Alice Coachman and she did not disappoint.
Share her story with the children – story of the first African-American woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics
“Thousands of spectators stayed late for the high-jump event and witnessed history as she became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. In time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London this book follows Coachman on her journey from rural Georgia where she overcame adversity both as a woman and as a black athlete to her triumph in Wembly Stadium.” (publisher)
If we don’t tell the children about her who will?
Contributor – Heather Lange
Artist – Floyd Cooper
Target Age Group: 6 – 9 years