Blacks on the Brink of Greatness

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  • Dinaw Mengestu
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph
  • Ashley Hicks
  • Toni Carey
  • Leshell Hatley
  • John Dabiri
  • Kimberly Bryant
  • Wayne Sutton
  • Uzoamaka Maduka
  • Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
  • Roland G. Fryer
  • Angela Benton
  • Zora Ball
  • Jed JohnHope
  • Saran Kaba Jones
  • Will Lucas
  • Arsha Jones
  • Coleman A. Young II
  • Mark Kaigwa
  • Robbie Novak
  • Ola Orekunrin
  • Eunique Jones Gibson
  • Ryan Coogler
  • Kat Calvin
  • Amanda Spann
  • Wayetu Moore
  • Lincoln Stephens
  • Ory Okolloh

Ashley Hicks (right)

Ashley Hicks gained a few pounds after college, so she decided to take up running to shed the extra weight. She grabbed her friend, Toni Carey, and they hit the ground running. But after seeing a lack of Black women on the track, they started a blog called Black Girls Run. Today, Black Girls Run has more than 60 chapters across the U.S.—and even a clothing line that’s taking off.

(Photo Courtesy: Black Girls Run)

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