America’s Cup and America’s Black Mariners

With the America’s Cup underway, eyes are focused on space-aged ships zipping across San Francisco Bay at speeds exceeding 50 miles per hour. In a recent letter to the editor Dr. Foy pointed out  that the races provide “an opportunity to bring into focus the often overlooked history of African-American seamen.” He urged the Golden Gate Yacht Club to find a way to recognize African-American maritime heritage as part of the America’s Cup challenge.

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