dc1968

curated project commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1968 in dc

dedicated to bobby r. hale
15 august 1968 & esther stroy wins @aau track meet

15 august 1968 & esther stroy wins @aau track meet

#OTD 15 August 1968 Esther Stroy, a Woodson JHS student, won the 220-yard dash at the Amateur Athletic Union competition in Auroro, Colorado. She also competed in the 440-yard dash. A member of the Sports International Track Club, Stroy was trained by Brooks Johnson, athletic director at St. Alban's School.

A week prior, on 8 August, Stroy competed in the DC AAU Junior Olympics. In the 440, for 13 and 14 year olds, she won and set a record.

Your comments are welcome below. Did you, family members or friends know Esther Stroy? Did you know Brooks Johnson? Were you a member of the Sports International Track Club? Did you attend the AAU meet? Were you a student at Woodson JHS? You may comment privately here.

Photo source: Courtesy DCPL Special Collections, Evening Star Photograph Collection, 10 December 1968. Bernie Boston, photographer.
"Esther Stroy, 15, Olympic-Bound," Evening Star 14 September 1968.
"Esther Stroy Wins U.S. Title," Washington Post 16 August 1968.

16 august 1968 & remembering aretha franklin

16 august 1968 & remembering aretha franklin

14 august 1968 & black youth union prepares to march to district building

14 august 1968 & black youth union prepares to march to district building