Ok you know what? We don’t hear enough about
African American swimmers. But I”m going to tell you.
I was typing in African AMerican swimmers in the
search box andI did not spot these people who are
African American swimmers in the search engine.
Yet, I still found their
collected articles on this site.
To start, Charles Chapman is the African American man who won a
swimming scholarship to Los Angeles City College.
He swam his first marathon race in San
Charles Chapman had a trademark butterfly stroke for
his swimming. He had the 2 fastest times in Manhattan.
His name will go down in history as the first
African American to swim in the English Channel..
He can swim all day like his body was made
for the waters. Chapman was the first Black person
to swim around Alcatraz Island.
Charles set a record when he swam around
Manhattan with a 28.5 mile swim in 9 hours,
25 minutes and 8 seconds.
He is also going a swim and starting from Buffalo.
Buffalo has a black history to it because that’s
where Harriett Tubman help free the slaves
in the Underground Railroad.
This man kept setting those records as you can
see. I see setting records as competing with yourself.
If you compete with yourself, you are striving to
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