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Tracking African-American History: The New York Pioneer Club and its Mark o...

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The Alain L. Locke Magnet School for Environmental Stewardship-PS208

21 west 111th street

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Celebrate Black History Month with Run2Live, the National Black Marathoners Association, and Black Men Run NYC by learning about an organization dubbed "History's most unique track club." While Jim Crow divided the rest of the country, The New York Pioneer Club, founded in 1936 by three African Americans, brought people together. The club's mission was to support athletics among young New York City runners, who braved the tensions of the time to set records. Among the members were ultramarathoner and first New York Road Runners president Ted Corbitt, actor Roscoe Lee Browne, Tuskegee Airman Roscoe Brown and John Carlos, known for giving the black power salute at his 1968 Olympics medal ceremony. Hear more from the people closest to the history of this unique organization:

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Harry Bright, middle distance runner, The New York Pioneer Club
Pamela Cooper Chenkin, author, The American Marathon
William Henderson, former member, The New York Pioneer Club
Yvonne Floyd-Mayers, granddaughter, Joseph Yancey (founder, The New York Pioneer Club)
Michael Rodgers, vice president of development and philanthropy, New York Road Runners

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Melanie Eversley, contributor, NBCBLK.com; marathoner

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