For Texas’s Black Roller Skaters, Life Is Good on the Wood

For Texas’s Black Roller Skaters, Life Is Good on the Wood

The Skate Jam at Arlington Skatium, outside of Dallas, on August 14, 2021.The last day of June 2013 began the hardest period of Wanda “Gigi” Brown’s life. On that day, a blood clot killed her youngest daughter, Marcia, at age 34. Brown, then 54, stopped eating and lost seventeen pounds in a week. She felt her will to live slip away. Brown’s doctor warned her family that she could die if she didn’t get help for her depression.About a month after her daughter’s death, a distraught Brown drove aimlessly in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, twenty minutes from her home in Bedford. She pulled into a parking lot to pray for help. When she looked up, she saw a red-roofed building and a white sign with black letters: “FORUM ROLLER WORLD.” “I went inside like I…View Original Post

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