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They Went Before... Black Participation in the Olympics [[image]] [[caption]] Cong. Rangel congratulates Jerobin Gilbert, NBC'S Olympic Director.[[/caption]] THE OLYMPIC CREED The motto adopted by the International Olympic Committee is Citius, Alius, Fortius which means Swifter, Higher Stronger. The most famous statement about the Olympic Creed is that attributed to Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern games. "The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning, but taking part. The essential thing in life in not conquering, but fighting well" ATTENDANCE OF ATHLETES First Games drew a mere 13 nations and 285 athletes. The last Olympics in 1976 drew better than nine thousand athletes from 132 countries. George Poage—first black Olympian in track and field, bronze medalist, 400 meter hurdles, in 1904, St. Louis, U.S.A. J.B. Taylor—was a member of the 1908 U.S.A. Olympic Team and won a Gold medal as a member of the 4 x 400 relay team. [[image]] [[caption]] Joe Yancey, Dr. Preston Wilcox [[/caption]] [[image]] [[caption]] Rev. Marsden Burnell, Alice Carnegie [[/caption]] [[image]] [[caption]] William Stokley, Sr. receives "DELEGATE" Magazine citation from Frank Rossetti as Stokley family looks on.[[/caption]] 13
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