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us: Coachman, Alice

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  • Variants

    • us: Davis, Alice Coachman
  • Additional Information

    • Birth Date

        (edtf) 1923-11-09
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 2014-07-14
    • Descriptor

        (lcsh) African Americans
    • Birth Place

        (naf) Albany (Ga.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Albany (Ga.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Olympic Games (14th : 1948 : London, England)
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Tuskegee Institute
        • Organization: (naf) Albany State College
    • Gender

    • Associated Language

    • Field of Activity

        (lcsh) Track and field
      • Occupation

          (lcsh) Olympic athletes
            (lcsh) Track and field athletes
        • Sources

          • found: Data from Beacon Films for Sports profile [MP] 1982 (subj.) (Alice Coachman, high jumper and sprinter)
          • found: NUCMC data from Fisk University for Alice Coachman Davis papers, 1942-1984 (1948 Olympic high gold medal winner)
          • found: Biography Resource Center, Dec. 15, 2003 (Alice Coachman; form of name used in Contemporary Black Biography, Contemporary Heroes and Heroines, Great Women in Sports, and Notable Black American Women; married N.F. Davis (divorced); remarried to Frank Davis; Born November 9, 1923, in Albany, GA)
          • found: Wikipedia, Aug. 6, 2013 (Alice Marie Coachman; American former athlete specializing in high jump, for which she won an Olympic gold medal in 1948, the first African-American woman to do so; represented the Tuskegee Institute)
          • found: New York times (online), viewed July 15, 2014 (in obituary published July 14: Alice Coachman; b. Alice Marie Coachman, Nov. 9, 1923, Albany, Ga.; d. there Monday [July 14, 2014], aged 90; became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal when she captured the high jump for the United States at the 1948 London Games)
          • found: African American National Biography, accessed December 12 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Coachman, Alice; Olympic medalist, track and field athlete; born 09 November 1923 in Near Albany, Georgia, United States; transferred to Albany State College (1947), having earned the nickname the Tuskegee Flash; from 1939 to 1948 she competed in the high jump, 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, and many relay teams; at Tuskegee she won ten consecutive national outdoor high-jump titles; she was the first African American selected for the All-American team (1946); she jumped 5 feet 6.25 inches, a feat that was both an Olympic and an American record; still, given America's deep segregation and racism, she was not allowed to speak at the ceremony in her honor at the segregated Albany Municipal Auditorium in Georgia; retired from competition (1948); received a degree in Home Economics and Science from Albany State College (1949); honored with memberships in eight halls of fame, including the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and the Albany Sports Hall of Fame)
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          • 2015-12-05: revised
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