In 1928, five African American women set off from New York City on a 250 mile adventure to Washington D.C. Their three day ride was about personal pleasure and challenge and calls into question our ideas of who bicycled in history and why.
Thank you to historian Marya McQuirter for her deep insight into the 1928 ride. Thank you to Liz Jose for sharing her experience with touring from NYC to DC.
Bicycle Story Theme Music – Will McKindley-Ward
“Backed Vibes,” “Finding The Balance”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Posted in Adventure, Bike Touring, History, The Podcast
Tagged 1928 ride, 1928 tour, african american cycling history, african american cyclists, black cyclists, Constance White, Ethyl Miller, Leolya Nelson, marya mcquirter, Marylou Jackson, new york to washington dc bike tour, Velva Jackson
Yolanda Davis-Overstreet is the Director of the upcoming documentary RIDE: In Living Color. The film looks at African American cyclists through history from Major Taylor’s amazing achievements in sport to people using bikes to change their lives in present day. Most of the filming is complete and the RIDE team is currently raising money through an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund post-production work. I spoke to Yolanda about the film and its production, her background in cycling, media coverage of African American cyclists, barriers to entry in cycling for people of color, and more.
Posted in Advocacy, Cycling Media, History, Interviews, Racing
Tagged african american cyclists, barriers to entry, giddeon massie, major taylor, nelson vails, race and cycling, ride: in living color, yolanda davis-overstreet