Imagine, reentering the ocean after loosing an arm in a shark attack weeks before. Bethany Hamilton did not think twice about that decision. When Kauai local, Bethany Meilani Hamilton was thirteen she went surfing and was attacked by a Tiger Shark. The shark chomped off her left arm up to her shoulder, leaving only a nub. After surgery, she was ready to get back on her board.
Misty Copeland has come from a background of adversity and a broken home, overcoming body issues and an eating disorder to become one of the most recognized and renowned ballerinas of her time. On top of that, her crowning achievement is being the first black principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater (ABT). Misty Copeland led a troubled home life, and didn’t even start dancing until the age of 13. She is so inspiring because of the fact that she started considerably late for her field, and has not only flourished in it, but helped create its modern face. Most successful dancers tend to go from cradle to studio, and dance their entire lives, yet she managed to accomplish in two years what many never see come to fruition.
Ever since its debut by gym teacher Dr. James Naismith in 1891 basketball has become a widely popularized team sport for both men and women across the nation. Though enjoyed by both men and women, women have struggled to attain the same respect in the sport as men, even though the women at the University of California had their first extramural game in 1892. The same trend continues in the NBA, National Basketball Association, and WNBA, Women’s National Basketball. The NBA started 70 years ago in 1946 while the WNBA began 20 years ago in 1996. The NBA continues to gain popularity, while the WNBA struggles to still be known.
One of my first question is why does the team not want to accept the girl for who she is and how great of a basketball player she really is. I don’t get why they have to look at her like she’s the one that’s holding the team back when she’s one of the better players on the team. That is just one of my many questions I have about the basketballs team. My second question is why does the coach have to gibe at the team and, also have to be so up tight about every thing that happens on the court. “F*** it ill tell her she not coming when we get there” (Lupica 41).
Amy Archer-Gilligan was originally born Amy E. Duggan October 1868. Her parents James Duggan and Mary Kennedy had 10 children, Amy was the 8th. She grew up in Milton Connecticut and attended school at the Milton school. In 1890 she attended the New Britain Normal School. Apart from this very little known about Amy’s childhood, this partly has to do with the fact that she had many siblings and little documentation was kept at the time. After her schooling Amy married James Archer in 1897 and just a few months later had her daughter, Mary J. Archer in December 1897.
People make history and history makes an impact on the world; Ella Baker did just that. Never putting herself at the center of attention, Baker’s main involvements in history include the establishment of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, working as a director of branches for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and lastly, forming meetings for the people from the Greensboro sit-ins that transformed into the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee (SNCC). Although unable to face any grave consequences, Bakers mainly impact on history was during the Civil Rights era from 1931-1986. Baker was against segregation at the time when there was racial discrimination of African Americans and minorities. Today she is known as the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement and considered as one of the most influential African American women activist/advocate that aided in not only African American rights but human rights as a whole.
Insufficient Support Basketball has been in my blood since the third grade. I look up to the female high school and WNBA players. No matter the level of girls’ basketball, I was into it. As I grew up, I continued to play the game that I loved. But as the years passed by I noticed something: nobody was really ever at our games.
There are many little boys and girls who want to grow up and be professional athletes. They have hopes and dreams and put in the hard work and effort to achieve them. What they do not know is how different their lives are if they make it in this profession. While the men are able to live pretty comfortably, the women usually struggle to make a living, and they most often live with other teammates or family to help split the bills. They are often “forced” to play all year round, even overseas.
People and her many fans remember the days when she was a member of The Supremes. This dynamic and amazing lady is an American singer, actress and record producer who at 70 is still going strong and performing. Diana Ross was born in Detroit where she began her career with Motown in the 60s. When Ross began her solo career in 1970 she came out with her first album Diana Ross which contained the hits “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.
Ella Josephine Baker was born December 13, 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia (“Who Was Ella Baker?”, 2015). She grew up in North Carolina and developed a passion for social justice after hearing stories from when her grandmother was in slavery (“Who Was Ella Baker?”, 2015). Her grandmother often told her stories of slave revolts and how oppressive life was as a slave (“Who Was Ella Baker?”, 2015). Baker studied at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina and was elected valedictorian when she graduated in 1927 with a degree in sociology (“Who Was Ella Baker?”, 2015). Baker began to cultivate her radical activism by protesting rules and policies of the university that were discriminating (“Who Was Ella Baker?”, 2015). She then moved to New York and became an activist in many social justice organizations and worked other jobs to make ends meet (“Who Was Ella Baker?”, 2015). In 1930, still early in
Often referred to as "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most popular female jazz singers in the United States. Throughout her career, Ella was awarded thirteen Grammys and sold over 40 million albums. With a voice that not only encompassed a large range, but a dynamic and powerful sound, Ella could sing almost anything from scatting to the popular tunes of her day. She performed in the top venues all around the world to packed houses, with audiences as diverse as the music she created. Ella came from a small town and impoverished family, but through her talent and determination, skyrocketed to fame creating a legacy that has withstood the sands of time.