U.S. Olympian Race Imboden's Fight For Social Justice

Imboden stood and listened as five Black women spoke to protesters and shared their encounters with racism and law enforcement.
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On a Sunday morning in September, U.S. Olympian fencer Race Imboden mixed into the crowd in front of City Hall. The 700 or so in attendance would soon embark on a protest run on the six-month anniversary of the death of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman who Louisville police officers killed in her apartment during a botched raid.

Imboden stood and listened as five Black women spoke to protesters and shared their encounters with racism and law enforcement.

Taxis and cars hummed by, but the crowd stayed silent. Their time to make noise came moments later when the protesters moved onto the Brooklyn Bridge and alternated shouting Taylor’s name and calls to charge the officers who fired the shots.

Before walking toward the bridge, Imboden turned and said, “We need more of this.” Protesting is nothing new for him.

Imboden is a U.S. Olympian with a bronze medal from the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He has been fencing since he was nine years old, and he turned professional in 2013, when he dropped out of St. John’s University.

Since then, he's been a regular in international fencing competitions and owns five World Cup competition gold medals.

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