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    The K.D. Stroud family in a 1929 photo. Seated from left: James, Bobby, Rev. K.D., Rosa May, mother Lulu. Standing from left: Jack, Nina, Dolphus, and Effie. This photo was taken a year after Dolphus walked and hitchhiked from Colorado Springs to Boston to run in the Olympic trials. Courtesy of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

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    “My father shared with me that, although he took pride in his exploits of academic excellence and long-distance running, ‘... everyone has a footlocker.’ He had a certain humility about being elevated to high status and seemed to see life as a series of experiences that allowed the fullest development of one's potential. Not only was he the first Black person to be elected to Phi Beta Kappa, but he was the winner of the 1928 Denver Olympic tryout race. Again, racism reared its ugly head and thwarted his qualifying for the Olympics in Boston. ”

    — Juanita Martin, daughter of Dolphus Stroud

    Kelly Dolphus Stroud was one of the most prolific scholars and elite athletes to ever emerge from the Pikes Peak Region.

    Dolphus was one of 11 children, five boys and six girls, born in Colorado Springs to the Reverend K.D. (Kimball Dolphus) Stroud and Lulu McGee Stroud. The Stroud family moved from the Oklahoma Territory to Colorado Springs in May of 1910, seeking to leave prejudice and oppression behind them. Colorado and Colorado Springs was barely kinder to the Strouds, and each member of the family encountered harrowing racism in their time here. Dolphus distinguished himself in scholarship and athletics at an early age, despite years of assaults, persecutions, and opportunities denied him because of his race.

    Stroud’s successes on the running track mirrored his excellence in the classroom; he first attended Bristol School and then Colorado Springs High School (now William J. Palmer High School). Despite his high school not letting him run on the track team, he won the Pikes Peak Marathon several times, and in 1928 he broke the record that had stood for a quarter-century.

    他于1926年开始在澳门银河手机app学院,此前已经在美国哈佛大学,但无法参加有被接受,由于缺乏资金的选择。当地商人和企业家亨利·萨克斯承认dolphus的成就和潜力,并提供资金他去参加毫升。在CC下,他是唯一的黑人学生,直到他的妹妹,艾菲,加入了他下学年。他多次荣获奖学金,包括在同类产品中最高的学术地位仅提供给学生的每$ 400的1929 - 1930年和1930 - 1931年学年的奖学金帕金斯,。作为一个优秀运动员,斯特劳德是在CC田径队所有四年他的时间在大学,赢得了整个地区的比赛。

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    他回到澳门银河手机app学院在秋季,并从cc毕业,获得政治学学士学位,接收的在他所有的类,但一个,并且是第一个黑人学生CC曾经当选为优等生。从cc,斯特劳德结婚,并搬到福塞斯,佐治亚州,以州教师和农业学院作为田径教练和政治学教师工作。后来,他继续他的研究在墨西哥,在那里他的论文的大学 - 完全西班牙语写的 - 记载黑人在美国的历史。与他的文学硕士,斯特劳德回到了美国,搬到俄勒冈州波特兰市,在那里,他跑了移动和存储公司之前横跨德州教学,并创办了自己的高尔夫赛事。他死在华盛顿特区的访问,于1975年。

    Recollections by Juanita Martin, daughter of Dolphus Stroud

    尽管在1927年的极端种族偏见和隔离在澳门银河手机app学院,我的父亲似乎有车削障碍为垫脚石情有独钟。虽然他对科学科目的偏爱,他被医生影响。伊迪丝布拉姆霍尔追求政治学专业。他以第三人称写的自己:“他从来没见过一个黑人运作,这些(科学)领域的结果,他认为他能做出这样的知识的唯一用途是教给黑人学生南澳门银河手机app大学的黑人学校被突出地配备社会科学,但低于平均水平的精确科学,除了数学,他一直希望成为一个作家和政治学可能是援助在那里。他读过一些贝特朗罗素谁是在comparitively(原文如此)新的学科流行的理论家 - 心理学以及哲学,他读过肯特的,而且,虽然他不相信,社会科学已经产生一个真正的新的“政治的伟大的比赛。”自“登山宝训”的想法是由基督交付,他觉得在社会科学学术卓越包括令人印象深刻,第一个教导员,后来轻信群众与一个人的表达在新的O旧思想的能力[R更戏剧性的条款。他觉得能够这样做的。它是在适当时机以适当的反射板的讲话不同寻常的人物大多是新的用途。他的课程现在是头重脚轻政治,历史学,社会学,心理学,哲学,英语,公共演讲。 (原文如此),他的选修必须是在数学和科学领域“。

    As you can discern from the above, my father--and all of the Strouds--found their subservient position in this society ludicrous and approached their survival with the necessary duplicity that Black people have, by necessity, adopted throughout our coming into contact with the western world. This absurdity also contributes to our having developed creative means of transcendence--along with "wearing the mask" of humor.


    L. M. Hunt had accompanied Dolphus to Denver, and both were ecstatic over his victory. However, their euphoria was jolted when the officials informed them that no money could be provided Dolphus, as his time had not been equal to that of the previous winner. Dolphus and L. M. protested, but to no avail. They were convinced that color was a primary factor in the decision."

    My father hitch-hiked the 2,000 miles to Boston but was too exhausted to complete the competition. Subsequently, my father competed in a two-man race in Colorado Springs against Brooks Renshaw, the Finish runner who prevailed against a top runner in the 1928 Olympics in the five or ten meter run. My father wrote: "Dolphus welcomed the Renshaw meeting as a means of proving to himself what he might have done had he made it to Boston with less physical drain." My father finished and won the race.

    My father did not complain about truncated opportunities due to racism, but he was acutely aware of ubiquitous injustice. The accomplishments of his later life, as manager of a baseball team, as a teacher, as a writer and poet, as a pianist and singer, as an entrepreneur, and as a father attest to his belief in himself and his commitment to availing himself of every opportunity to live the fullest life possible.

    Juanita Martin