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The first word that comes to mind when I think of Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel is “phenomenal,” and it’s easy to understand why.

In 2016, the then-20-year-old made history when she became the first-ever Black woman to win gold in an individual swimming event, and her hopes were to reach new heights at the 2020 games.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

For the first time in history, the Olympic games were postponed, leaving many athletes understandably stunned.

However, now that the world has no choice other than to pay attention to the many human rights atrocities that have long been present, but have only recently begun bubbling to the surface again, Manuel decided to use her platform to boost Black voices as well as anti-racist discourse. And Procter & Gamble, at a time when many companies are only practicing performative allyship, is standing in solidarity with the historic swimmer to amplify her message through its Athletes for Good Fund campaign.

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