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HISTORY of AFRICANS IN THE U.S.
Butch Lumpkin is one of the approximately 5,000 [Thalidomide] survivors world-wide. Born with what he calls “short arms,” he really has what amounts to no functional arms at all. Three fingers extend from his left side in a flipper like manner, and his right arm ends before the elbow with three fingers that point backward toward his body.
Three years ago Oscar Pistorius had never stepped onto a track, let alone run a race. Today he is an athletics sensation - holder of world records in the 100m, 200m and 400m events. His coach, Ampie Louw, says Oscar is "a natural champion - born that way". [...] But Oscar's Olympic bid is like no other - he is a double amputee.
Sara Blakely had been selling fax machines and office copiers door-to-door for seven years when she had an idea for a clothing line that would transform her from an employee into a successful entrepreneur. In 2000 she began selling Spanx in major department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. […] Today, Spanx, based in Atlanta, Ga., is a $150 million company with 55 employees and 100 different styles.