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Fencing While Black

Aug 09, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Anderson Wright

In 2015, the fencer Nzingha Prescod—her mother named her after a warrior queen from Angola—became the first black woman to win an individual medal at the Senior World Championships. This short film by Anderson Wright, NZINGHA, follows Prescod’s fencing journey under the tutelage of the African American fencer Peter Westbrook. Now, she's competing for the United States at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “I wouldn’t want to leave this sport without something that represented how much of my energy I put into it,” she says. “If I were to medal at the Olympics, it would show so many little kids that just because you don’t see someone that looks like you doing this, doesn’t mean it’s impossible.”

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