ON the date November 14, 1916, Mabel Fairbanks born. She was an
African American ice skater from New York City. In the 1930s era,
Fairbanks discovered her lifetime passion when she was watching
a Sonia Henje movie. Once she saw a pair of black skates in a pawnshop
window and talked the guy down to a lower price of $1.50.
The skates ended up being twice as big. So she made use of
them and stuffed them with cotton, got her balance on blades
by going up and down the stairs in her building. Then she took
to the nearby frozen lake.
It did not Take Mabel Fairbanks long before she could
sail across the ice. Somebody who was passing by gave her the
suggestion to try out her skating in Central Park. Her skating
began to get a solid 6.0 judging.
She continued to practice and
perfect her skill. Fairbanks knack and sparkle for skating overpowered the racial
barriers at the pivotal rink. So because of that professional skaters gave her
free skating lessons.
In the 1940s Mabel performed at Nightblubs like Cyros. Fairbanks
got invited to skat on the road with the Rhapsody On Ice Show. She impressed
international audiences. Mabel’s talent landed her a role on KTLA
television’s Frosty Follies show, yet they did not want her to
join professional skating clubs.
But she was not going to let that stop her. NO NO NO NO NO!
She got herself as well as other Black people in by sending for individual
memberships from the USPSA also known as United States
Professional Skating Association without revealing they were black.
Its powerful to be persistent. She was determined and she came
through. She ignored the stupidity and did her thing and that is
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