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Iconic Voices of Black History – Wilma Rudolph

“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle. And I know what struggle is. I have spent a lifetime trying to share what it has meant to be a woman first in the world of sports so that other young women have a chance to reach their dreams.”​

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Iconic Voices of Black History – Shirley Ann Jackson

Due to her ostracization, her undergraduate studies were isolating, and she didn’t feel particularly welcomed. Yet, despite being accepted into doctoral programs at Brown, Harvard, and the University of Chicago, she chose to continue her doctoral work at MIT. Part of her motivation for this decision was that she “wasn’t going to give people the satisfaction of getting me to walk away.”

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Iconic Voices of Black History – Sherian Grace Cadoria

“By act of Congress, male officers are gentlemen, but by act of God, we are ladies. We don’t have to be little mini-men and try to be masculine and use obscene language to come across. I can take you and flip you on the floor and put your arms behind your back and you’ll never move again, without your ever knowing that I can do it.” — 

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Iconic Voices of Black History – Alexa Canady

A family member studying psychology decided to test young Alexa’s intelligence, surprising the family with her high score. She was considered a very average student based on her school testing results. The IQ test raised alarms for her parents. Eventually, an investigation discovered that her teacher was lying to cover up Ms. Canady’s intelligence.​

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