She spoke those words in 1982 when women were continuing to challenge traditional gender roles. Billie Jean King, an American female tennis player, has never been one to back away from controversy. She is a powerful voice for the advancement of women’s rights, equal pay, and the acceptance of sexual orientation. King is probably best known for accepting a challenge from Bobby Riggs, a former number one male tennis player in the world, to a “Battle of the Sexes.” She beat Bobby in straight sets.
Just because Serena Williams is a “black women” (Claudia) she is seen to portray a certain type of image in “white America” because she is in the public eye, and on the flip side she overpowers her white competitors. But of course, once recognized, black excellence is then supposed to perform with good manners and forgiveness in the face of any racist indifference or violations. Even on her worst days media reports can put down Serena Williams but that will never stunt her growth as one of the worlds best tennis players or take any of her talents away. Through injuries, sickness, training, and harsh name-callings Serena has showed the world why she is one of the top tennis players. Despite what newspaper articles and social media say about
In paragraph 2 it states, “I was proud to be in the hurricane eye of a significant breakthrough and to be used to prove that a sport can’t be called national if blacks are barred from it.” also in paragraph 3 it states, “It hadn 't been that easy to fight the resentment expressed by players on other teams, by the team owners, or by bigoted fans screaming "n-----." The hate mail piled up.” this explains that many people did not want african americans to play in the major leagues. In conclusion americans did not want jackie to play so he proved that african americans can
In 1973, Robinson’s wife, Rachel, started the Jackie Robinson Foundation, a non-profit organization that gives college scholarships to minorities. The Foundation also protects the memory of Jackie Robinson as a baseball player and a civil rights pioneer. On March 26, 1984, 12 years after Jackie Robinson’s death, President Ronald Reagan awarded Jackie Robinson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
She was brave didn’t let the people hurt her feelings or bother her. Her actions helped propel Civil Rights Movement throughout the country. They helped by stopping segregation throughout the schools in the U.S. Helped influence the racism to end in the south. Made some people
Jackie Robinson was an incredible athlete who helped break the color barrier. The author reveals that, “Robinson also became a vocal champion for African-American athletes, civil rights, and other social and political causes.” Jackie showed his athleticism by
Not just in sports, but in the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. During Jackie’s prime, “people began to view him as a spokesman for other African-Americans. He was an outspoken activist for African-Americans’ rights. He participated in many protests for fair wages and workers’ rights.” (Santella)
The only thing that made it significant was the masses of people who joined in.” Historian Jeanne Theoharis once said, Rosa Parks brought together a unique blend of life experiences, a commitment to racial justice, and a flawless reputation to transform a single act of defiance into a defining moment for the modern American civil rights movement. Rosa Parks, with her flawless character, quiet strength, and moral fortitude, was seen as an ideal
Billie Holiday could be considered one of the most influential women in jazz, if not one of the most influential women in general. She was one of the first to incorporate anti-racist ideals and progressive thoughts through the outlet of music, influencing many others down the road. Her intense desire for equality and change could be due to the immense amounts of hardship during her younger years, which may have very well carried over into her adult singing career.
Jackie showed that people of all races and ethnicities can get along and play competitively without being prejudice towards each other. Hank Aaron, another black baseball player, said this about Jackie “I’ve always looked at Jackie as some kind of icon… he was a pillar of strength, and gave me a lot of inner strength.” Jackie Robinson was such a pivotal inspirational person that he was able to give this aura of inner strength to not just Hank Aaron but too the hundreds of thousands of black athletes that are now able to compete just like anyone else. There was a path paved into professional sports for African Americans that forever changed the game, and all this change came from one extremely special man Jackie
Marlene Stewart was the first ever golfer and second woman to be given the Lou Marsh Award. The Bobbi Rosenfeld Award is awarded to the top Canadian athlete of the year, and it is chosen by the sports writers of the Canadian Press. Winning these awards solidified Marlene Stewart’s status as a professional Canadian female golfer and this also helped Marlene achieve more publicity. “Marlene Stewart is an inspiration to many of Canada’s female golfers.” The awards and honours received by Marlene Stewart during the 1950s, showcase her incredible golfing ability and influenced many other female athletes in
Inspired by this, women saw the success and decided to fight for their own rights. This set women on a path to seek and secure all women political rights. Through peaceful protests, publicity stunts, and nonviolent militant force, women and some men attempted to gain political
In 1963 she took part in the March on Washington and was there to witness Martin Luther King Junior’s “I Have a Dream” speech. She contributed to African American civil rights through these and many other supporting actions that her talents and career allowed her to