Kittie Knox Rode Her Bike Up and Over the 19th Century Color Barrier

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Kittie Knox Rode Her Bike Up and Over the 19th Century Color Barrier

It was also in Beantown that a young woman named Kittie Knox picked up her first bike, and rode off into both cycling and civil rights history. Ayesha McGowan, first inaugural Kittie Knox Award recipient from the League of American Bicyclists. “With the Boston delegation is also Miss Kittie Knox, a pretty young colored girl, who rides in the Riverside Cycle Club, Boston’s only colored cycling club,” the article continued. Until February 28, 2021, USA Cycling is hosting the Kittie Knox Challenge, a virtual cycling event to honor her miles ridden between Boston and Asbury Park. Today, in her hometown of Cambridge, cyclists can take to the Kittie Knox Bike Path, a permanent honor to her memory and historical impact.

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