This midwinter conference was an essential and informative meeting. After joining this prestigious sorrority a year ago, I have seen the projects that the sorors do for their communities and its all for the betterment of life, love and peace.
I am currently a part of a great movement Swim1922 that educates and promotes water safety to communities and enforces the “learn to swim” caption.
***Did you know that back in the 1800’s Africans swam. They dove for pearls, oysters, fish to name a few and they swam across rivers and lakes in harsh current.****
These people could really swim. But with the de colonization of Africa, centuries later blacks or people of colour now have this stigma that they cannot swim or shouldn’t swim.
I spoke with the Rhoers,( the youngest section of the sorority that will eventually be a part of the sisterhood)

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And they all had different theories for why blacks do not swim. Some said inner cities don’t have accessible pools especially in black neighborhoods. Others said they didn’t like their bodies to get wet (hair, face, skin) or fear of the water just lead them to stay out of the water.
All these obstacles are huge personal or societal problems, but inorder to break the stereotype and prove that blacks in swimming is not a myth, we need to do it on a global scale. We need to continue the movement of Swim1922 and pioneer a new generation of black that can swim.

*** research brought to you by the ISHOF, International Swimming Hall of Fame. ***

Until we meet again
A.Atkinson
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Until we meet again.

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