I first heard of Fredia Gibbs while listening to the Tom Joyner Morning Show on the work truck radio during his Amazing Black American’s segment. I couldn’t believe I never knew anything about her, let alone not knowing her at all.

That all changed thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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During this year’s MLK celebration at MJ Freed, Fredia and I were told to sit together in the book signing segment of the event. Thankfully our meeting wasn’t in passing as we had about 3 hours to get to know each other between her taking photos and signing autographs. Since then, I’ve seen her all over town on several occasions.


She shared a big secret with me if I promised not to tell. I kept my end of the bargain but it looks like Philly.com has spilled the bean…

 ..later this year, the 55-year-old Gibbs will become what is believed to be the first female athlete in Pennsylvania to have a bronze statue erected in her honor. It is to be unveiled in front of the Boys and Girls Club of Chester.

Check out this great article on Fredia on Philly.com