Honoring Wilma Rudolph in Black History Month
One of my most favorite and inspiring stories.
I wonder if you realize the powerful influence you have on your children.
Wilma Rudolph, 1940-1994: ‘The Fastest Woman in the World‘
They called her “the Black Pearl,” “the Black Gazelle” and “the fastest woman in the world.” In 1960, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics. She was an extraordinary American athlete.
Rudolph was named United Press International Athlete of the Year (1960) and Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year (1960 and 1961). She was also the recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award (1960) for the top amateur athlete in the United States and the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award (1962). In addition, Rudolph had a private meeting with President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office. Rudolph was also honored with the National Sports Award (1993).
Rudolph was inducted into several women’s and sports halls of fame:
- Black Sports Hall of Fame (1973)
- U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame (1974)
- U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (1983)
- National Women’s Hall of Fame (1994)
- National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame (2001)
Wilma wore metal braces on her legs as a child until she was at least nine years old. She said, “My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.”
Your children believe you-whether you know it or not, whether they admit it or not.
I raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble online.