Alice Coachman, 1923-2014

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Alice Coachman: First Black Woman To Win Olympic Gold I Black History Month

Alice Coachman's achievements at the 1948 London Olympics paved the way for American and African American female Olympic athletes. When she was young, her incredible athletic ability made her a stand out -- but she wasn't allowed to train int he same facilities as white athletes.

February is #BlackHistoryMonth so throughout the month we'll be honoring influential African Americans whose stories you might not yet know. Some are pioneers in their field, some helped spark the civil rights movement and all have contributed incredible things to not only black history, but to the history of the United States as a whole.

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