November 9 Birthday: QUEEN OF THE TRACK: ALICE COACHMAN, OLYMPIC HIGH-JUMP CHAMPION

Alice Coachman
b. 11/9/1922
d.  7/14/2014

QUEEN OF THE TRACK: ALICE COACHMAN, OLYMPIC HIGH-JUMP CHAMPION by Heather Lang
illustrated by Floyd Cooper 
(Boyds Mills Press, 2012)

At a time when girls were expected to act like little ladies and segregation was alive in the South, Alice Coachman rejected social norms and pursuied her passion for running and jumping. She ran barefoot on dirt roads, tied together sticks and rags to make her own high jumps, and worked her way to the top. In 1948, she became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

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