Black History

                      Florence Griffith Joyner was born December 21, 1959 in Los Angeles, CA. She was best known for American track and field. At the age of 14, she won the Jesse Owens National Youth Games. She married fellow athlete Al Joyner on October 10, 1987. She holds the World Records in the 100 and 200- meter run. She became a NCAA champion in 1982.

                She won the Sullivan Award for best amateur athlete. She was appointed co-chair of the President's Council in Physical Fitness in 1993. She won a silver medal in the 200-meter run. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, she took home three gold medals and a silver. She was honored with an induction into the Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1995. She died unexpectedly after suffering an epileptic seizure.

                Florence Griffith Joyner was a confident, determined, and hard-working women. She was an athlete, a mom, and a wife at the same time. She stopped and she started back again. She never stopped just because things got hard. She kept pushing herself until she got there. She died on September 21, 1998, in Mission Viejo, CA.

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