This is the fifth edition of “This week in black women,” a weekly column dedicated to signal-boosting the black women who make the world spin.
This week, we shout out a pioneering mayor, a cool-as-a-cucumber newscaster, a legendary golfer, and more. Celebrate them! Follow them! Support them! Let’s do this.
“Go off, sis”: Rhodes Scholars
The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the most distinguished academic awards for university students. Just 32 young people are selected to receive the prestigious award each year, which covers expenses for two or three years of graduate study at Oxford University.
Born in 1912, Ann Gregory (née Moore) was the first and one of the best black women to play golf. Gregory didn’t pick up the game until she was in her 30s, but her storied amateur career spanned more than four decades.
She played in United Golf Association tournaments for black players, where she earned the unofficial title “The Queen of Negro Women’s Golf.” She was not only a dynamo on the course, but an active community volunteer, military wife, and mother. She competed well into her 70s, winning gold at the U.S. Senior Olympics in 1989. She passed away in February 1990.
Athletes like Gregory paved the way for other golfers of color, including Tiger Woods, whose club is shown here. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images.
“Let the people know”: Dee Rees
Dee Rees is the director behind the new film “Mudbound.” The film follows two families — one black and one white — in the years immediately surrounding World War II.
“When a certain person says ‘make America great again,’ I think this period is the ‘again’ he’s referring to. And I’m trying to get behind this mythology of the ‘greatest generation,’ who we were, what we really did and what did it cost. The American educational system has a reductive, simplified view of history. But things didn’t end with [the abolishment of] slavery. This period is our link between our then and our now.”