By Ebony Rosemond – February 10,2017 – Washington Post
Ebony Rosemond is the founder of Black Kids Swim
Photo: The Sycamore Club Pool in Bowie in 2006. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
While police killings of black people sometimes attract front-page attention, black lives lost due to drowning are largely ignored.
In wealthy, majority-black Prince George’s County, not a single elementary, middle or high school has a pool. Nevertheless, Sean Barbour, a recent DeMatha High School graduate, broke records as a member of the Theresa Banks Swim Club’s 200-medley relay team and is now a freshman at La Salle University. Absalom Bolling, a student at the new all-boys Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Northeast Washington, is ranked 18th in the 200-meter butterfly in Potomac Valley Swimming — one of the nation’s most competitive swimming groups. Barbour, Bolling and other black swimmers earn scholarships to private high schools and universities. Continue reading