The LPGA is committed to changing the face of golf, making the sport we love more diverse, accessible and inclusive. This month we are proud to share the stories of our Black Tour players, teachers, amateurs and junior golfers as we celebrate Black History Month.
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LPGA.com: What does Black History Month mean to you?
Allison Edmonds: To me Black History Month is a time to reflect on our voting rights and the opportunities to that have been afforded to us by Dr. Martin Luther King and recently by the late John Lewis.
Q: Which historical African American has been a source of inspiration in your life and why?
A: Wilma Rudolph immediately comes to mind because of her struggles with her health and the strength that it took for her to be a champion for civil rights and freedoms for Black people.
Q: In the coming years, what role do you see African Americans playing in the golf industry?
A: With the resurgence of players like Tiger Woods more and more Black females will become more involved in golf and though there isn’t a prominent name on tour yet it’s just a matter of time.
Q: How do you celebrate/honor Black History Month each year?
A: In years past I’ve attended local programs, concerts and events that promote our heritage and celebrate our history.
Q: What resources/tools do you recommend for those would like to learn more about Black History? (Movies, documentaries, series, books, podcasts)
A: I would suggest going to Ancestry.com and finding out about your own history and then proceeding from there. Movies featuring prominent Black actors and actresses (Cecily Tyson) along with musical talents such as Barry Gordy and the Motown story would be a great start!