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Alice Coachman dies; first African American woman to win Olympic gold
Alice Coachman dies; first African American woman to win Olympic gold

As the gold medal winner in the high jump at the 1948 Olympics in London, Alice Coachman came home to a celebratory welcome, including a parade in her home town of Albany, Ga. But Coachman was not permitted to speak at the ceremony. And the mayor did not shake her hand. The town's problem with Coachman had nothing to do with her athletic achievement or her character. It was the color of her skin. Coachman, who was the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, died Monday in Albany, said her son, Richmond Davis, who said she had been undergoing treatment for a stroke. She was believed to be 90. Coachman, whose married name was Davis, was not surprised at the...

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