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Alice Coachman: patriotism

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Video clip of high jumper Alice Coachman speaking about her determination to win an Olympic gold medal in spite of the social conditions she and other African Americans endured during segregation. She notes that, while sailing to and from Europe, she and others did not experience the discrimination and divisiveness they felt in the U.S. However, upon returning to the U.S., she states that the divisions were reinstated. She finishes by discussing how she felt that she could not "let American down."Few athletes have dominated a sport as thoroughly as Alice Coachman dominated the high jump. Named to five All-American teams, she won a gold medal in the 1948 Olympics, becoming the first African American woman to do so. She has been inducted into eight halls of fame.
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