Eddie Kirk (not pictured) is an ISHOF African Descent Swimmers Honoree
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Originally posted 5/17/2012
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — In celebration of the accomplishments that swimmers of African descent have made in the sport and other water related activities, The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) chose several venues to celebrate these accomplishments during last week.
DuSable High School was a colored school that created some of the finest swimmers in the nation in the 1930’s through the 1950’s, when Blacks had few opportunities to be swimmers. Eddie Kirk (Not pictured), DuSable’s greatest swimmer and the first documented Interscholastic All-American swimmer of African descent, accepted the award. Kirk won the Illinois State High School Championships in the 150 Individual Medley in 1950. Still an active Masters Swimmer and coach in the Tampa area, Kirk swam for Tennessee State University and the U.S. Armed Forces team in Europe.
I am extremely grateful to accept this awards, said a calm demeanored Kirk who also recognized one of his teammate and friend who had joined him from California.