Alice Coachman, first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, faced racial prejudice in the years before civil rights legislation. She is the subject of new children’s book which tells the story of her work and persistence in preparing for the 1948 London Olympics.
ALBANY, Ga. -- In keeping with the spirit of the Albany State University tag line "Potential. Realized," the ASU Bookstore will host a book signing today featuring area authors.
ASU Alumnus Alice Coachman Davis author of "Touch the Sky," will headline the event. The book signing is also being held in celebration of Black History Month and is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the ASU Bookstore located in the new student center on the campus.
Coachman Davis was the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal and the only American woman to win a gold medal in the 1948 Olympics in London.
In 1949, she received a B.A. degree in home economics from Albany State College and began teaching high school physical education in Albany.
She created the Alice Coachman Track and Field Foundation to help other athletes and former Olympians adjust to life after the games.
In 1975, Coachman was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Black Athletes Hall of Fame, Bob Douglas Hall of Fame, Helm's Hall of Fame, the Georgia State Hall of Fame and the Tuskegee Hall of Fame.
In addition to Coachman, other authors scheduled for the event include:
- Muriel Moten -- "Live Life Like it Matters"
- Wesley Jones -- "A Call to Silence"
- Tabitha Mathis -- "The Betrayal of a Man"
- Marla Fowler -- "Going Down the Ladder of Love"
- Abraham Adeleke -- "Beauty Contest in the Animal Kingdom"
- Patience Hicks-Arline -- "Old Mean Molly"
- Shana Johnson-Burton -- "Catt Chasin Flaws and All"
- Valerie Lewis -- "If There Were Only One Color in the World"