From then on forward, she wanted to prove that women were worth just as much as men were ( Billie Jean King - In search of Equality). Not shy of speaking her mind, she pushed The National Tennis Association for equal prize money for men and women. Still fighting, King played the infamous ‘Battle of the Sexes’ where she defeated Bobby Riggs 6-4 6-3 6-3 further proving that women were just as good as men. In 1973, when the unequal prize money was still not being addressed, she once again jeopardized herself by threatening to boycott the U.S. Open unless they offered equal pay for both genders (Billie Jean King Biography).
Tennis was a reasonable choice of sport for Ashe himself because he was too light for football and not fast enough for track, but not a logical decision because Ashe was African Americans (“Arthur Ashe,” 1998). African Americans were discriminated heavily in Ashe’s time and Africans American professional tennis players were nonexistent (“Arthur Ashe,” 1998). But Ashe, drawing encouragement from success of African American baseball player Jackie Robinson, persisted to eventually become one of the greatest tennis players of all time. In addition to using the habit of mind “persisting” to overcome racism and discrimination, Ashe also used the habit of mind “thinking flexibly” to conquer his health issues that forced him to retire from professional tennis. Further after his life as a tennis player, he still contributed in some way to the world (“Arthur Ashe Biography,” 2016).
Beyonce is a very popular Artist who has really made herself stand out by her talented voice. She has gone through a lot of transformations in the music that she presents to the public. With Her album, “Lemonade,” was a huge hit which was critisizing and comparing her experience as a black women since she was a teen to the emotional stages she went through in her life as how she kind of brings fourth the feelings of emptiness and rejection she has felt. In her albums you can tell that she has always made music for a reason and cause, but not just for entertainment. When she was a teenager she joined her first group which was called the “Distiney’s Child which went throgh a lot of ups and down until it actually came in notice by a lot
Sports Magazine featured Robinson as the most significant athlete of that quarter century (Schutz 157). Many things can be learned from the awe-inspiring man that Jackie Robinson was. There is the obvious lesson to never give up and to follow your dreams, no matter what obstacles are placed in front of you . The deeper lesson, however, is to fight hard for what you believe in and never accept intolerance of any kind, be it race or religion. At first, Jackie was just another black man who was subject to racism; but, he fought that with every ounce of energy he had.
Although most Americans believe that all the promises of the Civil Rights Movement have been realized based on Obama’s speech on Selma, after analyzing a Langston Hughes poem, Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter, and the article “A Letter To My Son” it is clear that we still have a long way from truly ridding America of racial tensions and progressing toward becoming a more integrated America. If you were to look at the world through the eyes of an African American back in the 1950’s, you would notice that everything is in black and white rather than color.
As Chris Paul was speaking he said “As a African-American man and the nephew of a police officer, who is one of the hundreds of thousands of great officers serving this country.” This is a real life personal example of Chris Paul's life. As the audience knows Chris is a black male super athlete. This also helps the audience understand that a big public figure like him goes through the same thing like everyone else that disagrees with racism. He is comparing himself with the audience.
It is also worthy for being a hero of change. He wanted change for black people and any people who were treated unfair. Even after the Olympics Jesse Owens was still had to deal with racist people and people he supported segregation in America, after he had to deal with Hitler and his belief on white supremacy, but Jesse Owens just shook them off and lived his life to his fullest and motivated others to do well which also makes him makes a hero of change. In total Jesse Owens had a lot of achievements or accolades that makes him a historical
Within thirty-eight seasons of coaching, her players made their impact around the world due to her prominent influence. She held a standard of her players which was higher than any other coach as she was envisioned as the toughest coach in college basketball. Candace is never humble while discussing the ways that Summitt altered her life by guiding her how to not only lead her team, but how to lead her family. To this day, Parker continues to remark on the reputable works of Pat Summitt. With her passing just a year ago, hours before Candace Parker took the court to defeat a fellow WNBA team, it was evident that the difference Pat had on not only Candace, but the world, far extended the game of basketball.
Could you ever possibly imagine a time where you couldn’t use the same bathroom as some of your classmates because the had a different skin color? This time in history was known as the Civil Rights Movement, a movement from 1954-1954, in which people fought against racism. Although the Civil Rights Movement mainly affected African Americans, but involved all of American society. Because most racism against ancient African Americans took place in southern United States, civil rights was extremely important to African Americans who lived in the south. Racism was so widely spread it even found its way into professional sports.
There was virtually no existence of love between whites and blacks. Despite the abolishment of slavery, the racial tension increased nonstop. Knowing that segregation could not be prolonged just like slavery, Dr. King called everyone to love one another and even African-Americans need to love the whites who treated them poorly. He pointed out that “love even for enemies is the key to the solution of the problems of our world” (Chapter 5, Page 44). Respectively, Dr. King is saying that love is a therapy for the soul and mind, the answer to segregation and the answer for the new America.
Since the NBA is more known than the WNBA they get more fans, sponsors, and exposure. It is tough for the WNBA to get out there, sure some people know it exists but most do not pay attention to it. Lisa Leslie, a WNBA star, stated “It would be nice getting more fans to support the WNBA and more women supporting women in sports” (Martin). “The Princeton women 's basketball team did something no other Ivy League men 's team had done before, racking up 30 wins and zero losses. The Princeton team garnered national headlines, which was great, but I still wondered what it was going to take for women 's sports to get the same attention as men 's sports” said Kelly Wallace the author of this article.
In the article “I won. I’m sorry.” , Mariah Burton Nelson shows viewers how tough to be female athletes in our society since many people still believe that sports are for men but women. They claim that femininity is about beauty, weakness, and uncompetiveness. Therefore, to be accepted as a real winner in sports games, besides wining the games, female athletes also have to win the audience approval in which female athletes has to present both strength and elegance.
(insert quote) Veteran Tamika Catchings enjoyed a solid performance in her final all star game, eight points, ten rebounds, six assists. Catchings surpassed Lisa Leslie for first on the all time All Star Game scoring list with 108 points. Catchings deferred to her teammates and her defensive prowess when asked what the record meant to her. “We have scorers everywhere, and that’s what people choose to focus on sometimes. But you also need those players who are willing to do whatever it takes to help their team win, and that’s what I want to be too,” Said Catchings in her post game press conference.
Although “Warriors Don’t Cry” and “Remember the Titans” have many differences, they also have many similarities too. Besides the fact that both the movie and book focused on the struggles black people had integrating, both show how there are not any big differences between whites and blacks. In “Warriors Don’t Cry” Melba outscored some of her white classmates in tests, proving that she is just as good or better than the other white students. In “Remember the Titans”, the more successful and starting quarterback was black. Also the defensive coordinator (who was white) benched a white player in order to play a black player because he was better.
It opened up a whole new opportunity for women and girls in general, it led girls be able to graduate to actually get a scholarship and be able to play. The Civil Rights Movement showed that despite the color of someone 's skin African Americans can still do anything a white man could do. A example of that is Jesse Owens while he was in Berlin he served as a representation of freedom, democracy, and equality. He didn’t give up even when the Americans triumphed over discrimination.