Black Women Do Swim



There’s a stereotype driven perception marinating in society that Black women don’t immerse themselves totally in water, out of a reservation that water will mess with their hair style.

We’ll if they’ve just walked out of the salon or are of the type to wear heels to the pool – yeah I guess they wouldn’t want water above their breasts. And to be sure yes, some Black women have hairstyles that don’t mix well with H2O and there is nothing wrong with that.  

That’s all good. But you have to also respect there are an equally number of women from other ethnic groups that don’t want their hair wet in public either – but you wouldn’t know that because in this society of ignorance of other races we embrace stereotypes rather than facts. And when it comes to having stereotypes heaped on you, Black women seem to be the first dumping ground of choice.

The NorthCarolina  A&T’s 2015-16 swim team debunks the stereotype that Black women won’t go under water.

The 11 ladies of North Carolina A&T’s swim team  are Black, lovely, have Black hair, and they swim. They take their hair in the water with them and bring it back out all the while showing skill, poise, and beauty.


These ladies are paramount to capturing HBCU’s athletic director’s attention to the underserved sport of competitive swimming. Many HBCU’s are cutting funding to programs like swimming in favor of funding in your face programs like football, basketball, soccer, and lacrosse.

These ladies’ school, North Carolina AT&T in Greensboro N.C. made news in 2015 when they came out and said they were considering nixing the swimming program in favor of funding programs that they are more capable of winning NCAA sport titles in.

All things considered, it’s awesome to see 11 Black female swimmers achieve the goal of being a competitive team.



Author: Geo Gee

I'm a curious one that finds politics, social issues, and diverse progressive solutions interesting. I believe information and education are the most powerful weapons one can arm himself with. Those two dynamics alone open the doors to opportunities. I also subscribe to each one teach one for a better world for all.

One thought on “Black Women Do Swim”

  1. Hey, thanks for writing this. I’m not sure if you can contact the swimmers or maybe you have an answer about this, but I have a hair question. For the first time ever, I have access to a free swimming pool for the summer. I love to swim and besides dancing it’s the only cardio I enjoy. I plan to be in the pool everyday until the pool closes. Can you or the team suggest a hair style that will be easier to manage. I never cared about getting my hair wet but I’m concerned about damage from constantly being in the pool for the next few weeks. Any help would be appreciated.


    P.S. If it helps, I believe I have 3b hair with normal porosity.


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