On this day in Jamaican history: George Rhoden

George Rhoden

George Rhoden

On this day in Jamaican history: On  July 25th, 1952, George Rhoden of Jamaica won the Olympic 400m run in Helsinki, Finland race. Rhoden beat Herb Mckenley who came in second. Rhoden first competed internationally at the 1948 Olympics, but failed to medal. He was also a member of the heavily favored Jamaican 4×400 relay team, but when Arthur Wint pulled a muscle in the final, their medal chances disappeared. As one of the top long sprinters at the start of 1950s, Rhoden set a world record in the 400 metres of 45.8 on 22 August 1950 at Eskilstuna, Sweden. He was one of the first Jamaicans to be featured in a  1960 American advertising campaign when he appeared in Kent (cigarette) print ad targeted to Black Americans.

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5 Responses

  1. Bill Moore says:

    Don’t blame America’s colleges, blame the ignorant rednecks in Georgia for voting him in.

  2. Billy Graham says:

    Poor America, ignorance is rampant. It appears that some white southerners wish to go back to the good old days where whites could hang or shoot black people with impunity and say or do whatever they wanted. Can you imagine the kkk is still a viable force and people are allowed to say anything about their President, true or not, because he is black. I have never heard any President of the US reviled and called such names before. America should be ashamed of the disgraceful way in which she treats her President. People like Broun, Palin, Limbaugh and Michelle Bauchman should be held accountable for the missrepresentations and outright lies that come out of their mouths. On the other side of the coin, I watched Michelle Obama on Oprah today, promoting awareness of the plight of wounded American soldiers and their famillies. That lovely lady and the wife of the Vice President are putting together a force backed by the White House to bring recognition and awareness for these forgotten people. Cannot Americans understand that having some social programs does not make a country Socialist? BillyG.

  3. Liz Ayers says:

    I suspect some of them know exactly what they’re saying but they know the ignorant people out there don’t have a clue and will believe anything.

  4. christine halleran says:

    i agree.. .and by the way thanks for moving to Florida during my formative years dad, so that I got the best of best in this regard. lol luvu

  5. grace says:

    OK, let’s be fair, we pretty much ridiculed George Bush, the whole time he was in office. He was dismissed as a dolt, a dullard, a red neck. So, he didn’t get too much respect either. It just wasn’t racism, but it was some ism or another, elitism?