Martha Hudson (b. 1939)
At the Tuskegee Relays in Alabama, Hudson, who was only 4 feet 10 inches tall, caught the eye of Edward Stanley Temple, a track coach at Tennessee State University in Nashville for forty-four years.
Upon returning to the United States, Hudson was treated to a tremendous homecoming. In the TSU auditorium the mayor of Nashville and the governor of Tennessee welcomed the gold medalists. Joking about her stature, Hudson told the large crowd,
Hudson competed nationally and internationally for six years. She moved back to Georgia, where she married, raised a family, coached girls' basketball, and taught for more than thirty years at Upson Lee North Elementary School in Thomaston. She was inducted into the Tennessee State University Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
Michael D. Davis, Black American Women in Olympic Track and Field: A Complete Illustrated Reference (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1992).
A. D. Emerson, Olympians against the Wind: The Black American Female Difference (New York: distributed by Welcome Rain, 1999).
Lisa A. Ennis, Georgia College and State University
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