The lack of access to swimming classes is putting Black kids disproportionally at risk for drowning.
Massiah Browne is a 7-year-old boy who loves swimming and Spiderman. In a lot of ways, he’s an ordinary kid. But most 7-year-olds don’t save lives, and that’s exactly what Massiah did recently.
Massiah told me that he was swimming with his cousin in July at the apartment building in Sacramento, California, where he lives with his mom and 4-year-old brother when saw a 3-year-old child at the bottom of the pool with his mouth and eyes open. Thinking quickly, Massiah dove down to the bottom of the pool, pulling the little boy up to the surface by his arm. Massiah’s 9-year-old cousin, Savannah, helped him pull the boy out onto the side of the pool, and then ran to get the child’s mother.