Activist Amplifies Voices of Black Surfers

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Sports Illustrated

By Bryna Jean-Marie Rhonda Harper uses compassion and empathy to shift the sport’s culture. Sports Illustrated and Empower Onyx are putting the spotlight on the diverse journeys of Black women across sports—from the veteran athletes, to up-and-coming stars, coaches, executives and more—in the series, Elle-evate: 100 Influential Black Women in Sports. When Rhonda Harper, founder and director of Black Girls Surf, used to sit with her siblings in her Kansas home watching a string of television shows, she had no idea that enjoying beach specials from her landlocked living room would lead to the mo…

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