Earlene Dennis Brown, the First African American Woman to Win an Olympic Shotput Medal

Earlene Dennis Brown

History was made time and time again with the accomplishments of Earlene Dennis Brown. In the 1950s through the 1960s, Brown blazed a trail for African American women in the Olympic games. According to BlackPast.org, "She is the only shot-putter to compete in three consecutive Olympics." She didn't stop there, though!

In 1960, Brown became the first African American woman to win an Olympic bronze medal for shotput. Her ambitious mindset kept her on the road to greatness for years after. She soon became an Amateur Athletic Union Champion in 1964, and later placed 12th in shotput at the Tokyo Olympics in the same year.

It wasn't until 1975 that Earlene Dennis Brown retired from her athletic lifestyle. After her death in 1983, Brown was "posthumously inducted in the National Track and Field Hall of Fame by the USA Track and Field."