'Running for Civil Rights' exhibit celebrates accomplishments of 2 extraordinary runners

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
'Running for Civil Rights' exhibit honors 2 extraordinary runners
Anthony Johnson has more on these towering civil rights figures.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The accomplishments of two towering figures in the sport of long-distance running are now showcased in one extraordinary exhibit just in time for the TCS New York City Marathon.

'Running for Civil Rights' focuses on the leadership and legacies of Ted Corbitt and Joseph Yancey, 2 African-American men whose work transformed the modern marathon.

The families of both men contributed rare, personal items that are now on display in the exhibit at the New York Historical Society on the Upper West Side.

"My grandfather, from the time I can remember, was always very focused on bringing people from different backgrounds together," Yancey's granddaughter Yvonne Floyd-Mayers said. "It wasn't just about running. Running was a form or a mechanism to help young people, particularly young men, to be productive, responsible members of the community."

Both men were instrumental in helping to integrate the sport of running.

Watch "Countdown to the Starting Line" airing late night this Saturday right after Eyewitness News at 11.

Discover more coverage of the 2023 TCS NYC Marathon here and tune in Sunday starting at 7:00 a.m. on Channel 7 for coverage of the race.


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