Why Gabby Douglas’ gold medal win transcends the Olympics.
You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
-Marian Wright Edelman
Blazing the trail set by Dominque Dawes; today Gabrielle Douglas made history as an African-American female gymnast by becoming the first Olympic Gymnast to win a gold medal in both team and all-around gymnastics. Now hopefully the conversation can move from Gabby’s hair and onto her momentous achievement. From First Lady Michelle Obama to former Sectary of State Condolezza Rice to Serena Williams we continue to see more diverse and positive images of American Black women in the mainstream media.
My wife, Kijan Maxam, sums up Gabby Douglas’ achievement perfectly below:
Gabby’s win is an achievement for all Black girls. She represents that little brown girls can excel at anything with the right support and love from family and community. Her mother’s choice to allow her to train miles away from home reflects her family’s belief in her ability to succeed and their encouragement in helping to fulfill her dreams. It takes a village and Gabby’s success demonstrates what’s possible when we put our children first and provide safe spaces for them to flourish.
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Congratulations to Gabby Douglas and her mother Natalie Hawkins. Congrats to Missy and Travis Parton also known as Gabby’s second parents. Gabby Douglas lives with the Partons while training in West Des Moines, Iowa with her coach Liang Chow. Takes a village indeed.
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