Here’s Why I Think History is Important (Kathrine Switzer)
History is important.
It not only tells us where we’ve been. History also tells us who we are.
I couldn’t have imagined that I’d never heard the remarkable story of Kathrine Switzer. She was the first woman to ever compete in the famed Boston Marathon. Switzer completed her historic feat in 1967.
As you will see, this wasn’t just a leap forward in sports history. It was a giant move ahead in our nation’s timeline of social justice. That indelible moment helped to reshape our society in a way that ultimately gave greater opportunity to all people, of both genders.
This short video clip (3 minutes, 20 seconds) is a remarkable testament to a brave woman and an extraordinary moment in time. It reminds us that change often comes from the power of “one” — one person performing one brave act that sets progress into motion and changes everything.