“It was as if God had a master plan, bringing so many uncommon people of such rare strength and vision together in one place at one time,” the Rev. C.T. Vivian is quoted as saying in David Halberstam’s book featuring the young people involved in the early civil rights movement in and out of Nashville.
Congressman John Lewis was and always will be one of my heroes. I met him in the late 1960s while I was a student at Tennessee State University. I wrote about him from time to time after I went to work in 1971 at The Tennessean. While heading the Voter Education Project, based in Atlanta,
Tennessee State University broad jumper Ralph Boston entered TSU in the Fall of 1957. He won a Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, a Silver Medal at the the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo and a Bronze Medal in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Ralph was like family to the Tigerbelles and earned
Charlene Rudolph is the sister of Wilma Rudolph, who became the first American woman to win three Gold Medals in one Olympiad, in Rome in 1960. In addition to winning the 100 meter dash, Wilma brought home the gold in the women’s 200 meter dash, and with team mates Martha Hudson, Barbara Jones and Lucinda
Estelle Baskerville was a high jumper who won the AAU Indoors in 1962. She competed in the 1963 Pan American Games, placing sixth, while still a student at Columbus East High School in Ohio. She later competed for the Ohio Track Club and Tennessee State University, as a member of Coach Temple’s Tigerbelles. She competed
Lucinda Williams [Adams] was a member of the Gold medal winning 400-meter relay team with Wilma Rudolph, Barbara Jones and Martha Hudson at the 1960 Olympic Games at Rome. Her nickname was Lu. Listen to the audio interview here: “It was the spring of 1954 and I had run well as a junior for my
Samuel Abernathy, retired assistant professor and assistant track and field coach working alongside Coach Ed Temple, will be honored Friday night, October 18, 2019, at the TSU Annual Scholarship Gala at Music City Center. Enjoy this interview conducted by Dwight Lewis, author of Temple’s Tigerbelles.
Isabelle Daniels was a member of the 1956 Tigerbelle Olympians who won a bronze medal in the 56’ Olympic Games. Her nickname was Tweety. Listen to the audio interview here: Dwight: Your thoughts about Coach Temple? How did he recruit you from Jakin, Georgia, and where is Jakin, Georgia? Isabelle: Jakin, Georgia is in southwest
Chandra qualified for three Olympiads, 1976, 1980 (USA boycotted) and 1984. She made history at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles when she became the first woman to win Gold Medals in both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays, which were held less than an hour apart. Listen to the audio interview here: Dwight: Chandra Cheesborough,
Barbara Jones, B.J., ran the second leg on the Tigerbelles winning 400-meter relay team in the 1960 Olympic Games at Rome. Barbara is a native of Chicago. She became a Tigerbelle in a roundabout way. Listen to the audio version here . . . Barbara: I ran for the Catholic Youth Organization in Chicago and