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File #: 210262    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/25/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/8/2021
Title: Recognizing and honoring Herb Douglas, the oldest living African American Olympic medalist, for his many life achievements, on and off the track.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21026200, 2. Signature21026200
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Recognizing and honoring Herb Douglas, the oldest living African American Olympic medalist, for his many life achievements, on and off the track.

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WHEREAS, Herb Douglas is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has resided in the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia for many years; and

WHEREAS, Herb Douglas broke records at the University of Pittsburgh, where he won four NCAA championships in the long jump and one in the 100-yard dash, and three AAU long-jump titles. He held the university's long-jump record for 33 years. He also played football at Pitt, becoming the second African American player to score a touchdown against Notre Dame; and

WHEREAS, Douglas participated in the 1942 Penn Relays in Philadelphia. He was a member of the 440-yard relay team from Xavier University of Louisiana, a Historically Black University. Douglas' team won with a time of 41.7 seconds, making Xavier the first HBCU champion at the Penn Relays; and

WHEREAS, At just 26-years-old, Douglas participated in the 1948 Olympic Games in London, earning a bronze medal in the long-jump competition. During the tournament, Douglas jumped 24 feet and nine inches; and

WHEREAS, Douglas was also a trailblazer in the business world. After joining the fine wine and spirits distributor Schieffelin & Co. (now Moet/Hennessey USA) in 1963, he became the third African American in history to reach the level of Vice President of a national company. He worked at the company for 30 years; and

WHEREAS, Douglas has mentored subsequent Olympic gold medalists, such as Edwin Moses and Roger Kingdom; and

WHEREAS, In 1980, Douglas co-founded the Jesse Owens Foundation, named after his long-time friend, Jesse Owens, the famous African American track and field athlete, who earned four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin; and

WHEREAS, Douglas celebrated his 99th birthday on March 9, 2021. He is the oldest living African American Olympic medalist; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, BY THE C...

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