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Elysian Heights Community, 

This is our final installment for Black History Month  and we are focusing on Black Athletes who have inspired us with their tremendous skills and commitment. Beyond athletic prowess, so many of these greats have shown themselves to be leaders who have used their platforms to speak truth to power, give back to communities in need and pave new ways for those who will follow. This should not be underestimated. 

Though this month comes to a close, please remember that every day is an opportunity to dig deeper into our history and understand the ways the Black community weaves together our culture and society in the U.S. and beyond. Every month is Black History Month. Every day is a chance to understand more fully. 

If you have any questions you can always feel free to reach out to LeTania Smith (letania.kirkland@gmail.com) or Kathryn Sutherland (kathryn.sutherland@lausd.net)


- The Equity Committee

Resources for Families

Athletes Throughout History

Hank Aaron: was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. With his 755 home runs, he broke Babe Ruth's record despite despite numerous death threats and hate mail sent to discourage his ascendance. 
Watch: Remembering Hank Aaron

Muhammad Ali: was a world renowned boxer who won the Heavyweight Championship at the age of 22, activist and philanthropist. 
Watch: Muhammad Ali: Boxer and Civil Rights Activist

Simone Biles: In 2016 became the most the most decorated American gymnast of all time

Kobe Bryant: was a player in the NBA and regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, philanthropist and author. 
Watch: “Once upon a time…” | Kobe Bryant

Alice Coachman: was the first Black woman to win an Olympic Gold medal (high jump)
Watch: Alice Coachman Made History as the First Black American Woman to Win Gold

Nick Galbadon, was the first documented Black surfer. Galbadon taught himself to surf on a borrowed lifeguard's paddle after paddling 12 miles to Malibu to avoid walking the sand on Los Angeles' segregated beaches in the 1940's.
Watch: 12 Miles North The Nick Gabaldon Story by NIKE

Althea Gibson: was the first black athlete to break the color line in international tennis, winning the French Open in 1956
Watch: Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot-Girl | Storytime Read Aloud

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar- Played 20 seasons in the NBA and acclaimed as one of the 50 Greatest Players of all time. Writer and activist. 
Watch: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Athletes & Activism | NowThis

Lebron James: NBA player regarded as one of the greatest of all time, philanthropist and activist.
Watch: LeBron James Biography for students (Highlights)

Florence Griffith Joyner: was a track and field athlete, fashion icon, 3 time Olympic gold medal winner who still holds the record for "fastest woman of all time"
Watch: Florence Griffith-Joyner The Fastest Woman of All-Time

Colin Kaepernick: NFL quarterback and activist who protested social inequities--specifically the deaths of black people at the hands of police--by kneeling during the National Anthem
Watch: How Colin Kaepernick went from football star to civil rights icon

Wilma Rudolph: Rudolph was the first Black woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympic games. In both 1960 and 1961, she was named the Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year despite having contracting polio as a child
Watch: The Unbelievable Story of Wilma Rudolph

Jackie Robinson- was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball and Civil Rights Activist
Watch: Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

Sheryl Swoopes: The first player signed to the WNBA, winner of three Olympic gold medals and a  three-time WNBA MVP
Watch: The Real Sheryl Swoopes

Debi Thomas: became the first Black woman to win a U.S. Figure Skating Championships title in 1986, and in 1988 the first Black woman to win a medal for the United States at the Winter Olympics
Watch: Debi Thomas - 1988 Calgary

Serena Williams: one of the greatest professional tennis player of all time and winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era
Watch: Serena Williams (Biography): Women in History

Books
Black Athletes who Changed Sports: Black History Matters Book Series, L.A. Amber
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream, Crystal Hubbard
The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend, Sharon Robinson 
Testing the Ice: True Story About Jackie Robinson, Sharon Robinson, Sankofa Read Aloud here
Becoming Muhammad Ali, James Patterson 
Wilma Rudolph (Little People, Big Dreams),  Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion, Heather Lang
Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner, Chelsea Clinton
Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way, Peter Golenbock
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams, Lesa Cline-Ransome

Social Media to Follow
Black Surfers @black.surfers
Allyson Felix @af85 , The most decorated woman in US Track and Field history, with nine olympic medals
Blake Bolden @sportblake, The first Black woman to complete in the National Women’s Hockey League
Nique Miller @nique_miller, Professional surfer on Oahu who is internationally ranked among the top 10 female competitive stand-up paddle surfers
Hunter Jones @hunterjoness, Surfer + filmmaker
Tie Simpson @hippie_heathen, Yoga and holistic wellness practitioner and the founder of Sisters of Yoga Collective created to empower Black Women in Yoga
Lolo Jones @lolojones, US Olympic Track and Field hurdler and a US Olympic Bobsledder
Chelsea Woody @chel.bythe.sea, Surfer and co-founder of @texturedwaves
Zion Wright @zionwright, Professional skateboarder, Team USA Skateboarding team member and Red Bull athlete
Kai Lightner @kailightner, 19-year-old competitive rock climber and 12-time National Champion.
“L.” Renee Blount @urbanclimbrOutdoor athlete and photographer and graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Comunidad de Elysian Heights,

Esta es nuestra última entrega del Mes de la Historia Afroamericana y nos estamos enfocando en los Atletas Afroamericanos que nos han inspirado con sus tremendas habilidades y compromiso. Más allá de la destreza atlética, muchos de estos grandes han demostrado ser líderes que han usado sus plataformas para decir la verdad al poder, retribuir a las comunidades necesitadas y allanar nuevos caminos para quienes los seguirán. Esto no debe subestimarse.

Aunque este mes llega a su fin, recuerde que cada día es una oportunidad para profundizar en nuestra historia y comprender las formas en que la comunidad negra entrelaza nuestra cultura y sociedad en los EE. UU. Y más allá. Cada mes es el Mes de la Historia Afroamericana. Cada día es una oportunidad para comprender mejor.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse con LeTania Smith (letania.kirkland@gmail.com) o Kathryn Sutherland (kathryn.sutherland@lausd.net)

Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse con LeTania Smith (letania.kirkland@gmail.com) o Kathryn Sutherland (kathryn.sutherland@lausd.net)


- El Comité de Equidad  

Recursos para familias

Atletas a lo largo de la historia

Hank Aaron: was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. With his 755 home runs, he broke Babe Ruth's record despite despite numerous death threats and hate mail sent to discourage his ascendance. 
Watch: Remembering Hank Aaron

Muhammad Ali: was a world renowned boxer who won the Heavyweight Championship at the age of 22, activist and philanthropist. 
Watch: Muhammad Ali: Boxer and Civil Rights Activist

Simone Biles: In 2016 became the most the most decorated American gymnast of all time

Kobe Bryant: was a player in the NBA and regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, philanthropist and author. 
Watch: “Once upon a time…” | Kobe Bryant

Alice Coachman: was the first Black woman to win an Olympic Gold medal (high jump)
Watch: Alice Coachman Made History as the First Black American Woman to Win Gold

Nick Galbadon, was the first documented Black surfer. Galbadon taught himself to surf on a borrowed lifeguard's paddle after paddling 12 miles to Malibu to avoid walking the sand on Los Angeles' segregated beaches in the 1940's.
Watch: 12 Miles North The Nick Gabaldon Story by NIKE

Althea Gibson: was the first black athlete to break the color line in international tennis, winning the French Open in 1956
Watch: Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot-Girl | Storytime Read Aloud

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar- Played 20 seasons in the NBA and acclaimed as one of the 50 Greatest Players of all time. Writer and activist. 
Watch: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Athletes & Activism | NowThis

Lebron James: NBA player regarded as one of the greatest of all time, philanthropist and activist.
Watch: LeBron James Biography for students (Highlights)

Florence Griffith Joyner: was a track and field athlete, fashion icon, 3 time Olympic gold medal winner who still holds the record for "fastest woman of all time"
Watch: Florence Griffith-Joyner The Fastest Woman of All-Time

Colin Kaepernick: NFL quarterback and activist who protested social inequities--specifically the deaths of black people at the hands of police--by kneeling during the National Anthem
Watch: How Colin Kaepernick went from football star to civil rights icon

Wilma Rudolph: Rudolph was the first Black woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympic games. In both 1960 and 1961, she was named the Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year despite having contracting polio as a child
Watch: The Unbelievable Story of Wilma Rudolph

Jackie Robinson- was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball and Civil Rights Activist
Watch: Jackie Robinson Integrates Baseball

Sheryl Swoopes: The first player signed to the WNBA, winner of three Olympic gold medals and a  three-time WNBA MVP
Watch: The Real Sheryl Swoopes

Debi Thomas: became the first Black woman to win a U.S. Figure Skating Championships title in 1986, and in 1988 the first Black woman to win a medal for the United States at the Winter Olympics
Watch: Debi Thomas - 1988 Calgary

Serena Williams: one of the greatest professional tennis player of all time and winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era
Watch: Serena Williams (Biography): Women in History

LIbros
Black Athletes who Changed Sports: Black History Matters Book Series, L.A. Amber
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream, Crystal Hubbard
The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend, Sharon Robinson 
Testing the Ice: True Story About Jackie Robinson, Sharon Robinson, Sankofa Read Aloud here
Becoming Muhammad Ali, James Patterson 
Wilma Rudolph (Little People, Big Dreams),  Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion, Heather Lang
Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner, Chelsea Clinton
Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way, Peter Golenbock
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams, Lesa Cline-Ransome

Redes sociales para seguir
Black Surfers @black.surfers
Allyson Felix @af85 , The most decorated woman in US Track and Field history, with nine olympic medals
Blake Bolden @sportblake, The first Black woman to complete in the National Women’s Hockey League
Nique Miller @nique_miller, Professional surfer on Oahu who is internationally ranked among the top 10 female competitive stand-up paddle surfers
Hunter Jones @hunterjoness, Surfer + filmmaker
Tie Simpson @hippie_heathen, Yoga and holistic wellness practitioner and the founder of Sisters of Yoga Collective created to empower Black Women in Yoga
Lolo Jones @lolojones, US Olympic Track and Field hurdler and a US Olympic Bobsledder
Chelsea Woody @chel.bythe.sea, Surfer and co-founder of @texturedwaves
Zion Wright @zionwright, Professional skateboarder, Team USA Skateboarding team member and Red Bull athlete
Kai Lightner @kailightner, 19-year-old competitive rock climber and 12-time National Champion.
“L.” Renee Blount @urbanclimbrOutdoor athlete and photographer and graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

 

 

 

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