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The Triumphs of Edward Gardner at the 1928 Bunion Derby

Ultramarathon runner Edward “Sheik” Gardner became a symbol of hope to millions of Black Americans as he persevered through one of the most grueling endurance competitions in U.S. history.

Black ultramarathoner Edward Gardner at start of the Bunion Derby race in Los Angeles

About Blurred Bylines

Blurred Bylines is an effort to bring to light some of those perspectives that deserve their place in the public conscience. Unfortunately, a 24-hour media culture doesn’t allow for revisiting and re-assessing. And this isn’t something that gets better on its own. We have to fight to bring to the surface new ideas and points of view. 

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When the voices of entire communities, cultures and genders are rendered unimportant and ignored, lost in history and the present, it’s hard to not be angry. Our voices may just be one in millions of millions. But it’s when that same message gets said by millions of different people, that it starts to break through the cacophony.

Those perspectives have value and they should be shared. That progress deserves to be covered. And it’s up to us to ensure that happens. Keep reading about Blurred Bylines.



The Anti-Filipino Watsonville Riots of 1930 in California

During the Watsonville Riots of 1930, hundreds of white men attacked Filipino farmworkers in a series of nightly assaults that ended when a young Filipino man was killed. Nativist and xenophobic attitudes against Asians, and Filipinos in particular, hit a fever pitch in California as working class whites felt threatened by an influx of immigration.

George Washington’s Fight for Smallpox Inoculation in the Revolutionary War

During the Revolutionary War in 1775, a smallpox epidemic ravaged Boston and thousands of soldiers serving in the Continental Army. George Washington understood first-hand the dangers of smallpox, and formulated a plan to protect his troops from the virus. He strongly advocated for smallpox inoculations, or vaccinations, for his men.

How Constance Kopp Became First Female Sheriff’s Deputy

After facing anonymous threats in the mail in 1914, Constance Kopp worked to uncover the man responsible. Soon, she began to solve crimes.

How SSI $2,000 Limit Keeps Those with Disabilities in Poverty

One requirement to become eligible for SSI disability benefits is a $2,000 limit on a person’s entire personal wealth, called “resources.”

Marshall Sherman’s Capture of Virginia Battle Flag at Gettysburg

On the third and final day of fighting at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, Pvt Marshall Sherman took the Confederate battle flag belonging to 28th Virginia Infantry.

Jennifer Holliday: A Story of Survival in East Texas

Despite her gunshot wounds, Jennifer Holliday tried to manipulate her attacker, Eric Parnell, into helping her receive medical attention.

How Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Changes Children’s Lives

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends free books every month to children ages 0-5. Regardless of income or address, any child in the U.S. can qualify for the program.

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*Side Note: If you expected this website to be about Blurred Lines, the music video of fully clothed men “dancing” with naked women and a very blurry understanding of how consent works, thanks for making it this far.