For decades, thousands of black high school gymnasts have been faced with a difficult decision: either join a historically black college or university (HBCU) or keep their gymnastics careers alive.
HBCUs are cherished among black Americans as a chance to join the legacy of the historical black leaders who once attended them, like Martin Luther King Jr.
Many black students say they also provide a safe environment, free of the racial hostility they can experience in spaces where they are in the minority.
But for those who have spent their childhood devoted to gymnastics, HBCUs were never an option if they wanted to compete at the university level.
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