Budzinski recognized the local leader to honor the end of Black History Month and the beginning of Women’s History Month
WASHINGTON — This week, Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski recognized East St. Louis icon Jackie Joyner-Kersee on the House Floor to honor the end of Black History Month and the beginning of Women’s History Month. Today is also the Olympic champion’s birthday.
I rise today at the close of Black History Month, and the beginning of Women’s History month, to recognize an incredible athlete, role model from the Illinois’ 13th District – Jackie Joyner-Kersee. I also want to wish her a Happy Birthday.
Born and raised in East St. Louis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the best track athletes of all time – winning six Olympic medals and four world championship track titles. I also want to wish her a very Happy Birthday!
Over the course of her twelve-year Olympic career, Jackie broke countless records, including the world record in the heptathlon that still stands today. She was also the first American woman to win gold medals in long jump and the heptathlon.
But Jackie’s legacy extends far beyond her athletic achievements. Just last week, I visited the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation which provides educational and athletic opportunities for young people in East St. Louis.
And throughout her life, she has used her platform to be a tireless advocate in children’s education, racial equity and women’s rights.
As we celebrate Black History and Women’s History, let’s recognize incredible folks like Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who have not only broken barriers and achieved greatness but also used their success to make the world a better place.
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