The Significance of Simone Manuel’s Win

The pervasive and long-standing stereotype that black people don’t swim was shattered when Simone Manuel became the first black woman from the US to take home a gold medal in swimming at the Olympics. Her win paved the way for a conversation about why a 2012 USA swim study revealed that almost 70% of black children in the US have little to no swim ability. We speak with Kevin Blackistone about his most recent piece in the Washington Post “The significance of Simone Manuel’s swim is clear if you know Jim Crow.”


Kevin Blackistone, Visiting Professor at the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, Panelist at ESPN


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