CBS Philly celebrates Black History Month with these profiles of notable Philadelphia “gamechangers,” people and organizations making a difference in the lives of the city’s African-Americans.
By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With mantras like “Preserve the Sexy” and “Leave No Woman Behind,” Black Girls Run is changing the game on black women’s health, one race at a time.
“We’re really changing how people see beauty, how we see health and fitness and all of these things, beauty from the inside out,” says Ashley Hicks, co-founder of Black Girls Run.
Hicks and Toni Carey started Black Girls Run in 2009 as a running blog, and within two years started a running group for women. The idea soon spread like wildfire, changing the statistics on black women and obesity, as well as other stereotypes.
“It’s also a stereotype that black women don’t get along,” says Hicks. “But I tell people, the way we run Black Girls Run is that all of our (members) — lawyers, accountants — everyone’s a black woman! And we all get along.”
Tens of thousands of black women have joined more than 60 chapters in more than 30 states across the US. The group even has its own branded fitness gear.
Listen to the extended CBS Philly interview with Ashley Hicks (runs 4:26)…