The last post from the Rochdale Village Bulletin favored Ms. Dalilah Muhammad to win big at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and so she did. Not only did Ms. Muhammad effortlessly win gold in the 400-m hurdles on Thursday, August 18, she made history as the 1st American ever to do so, and the fastest clocking in at 53.13 seconds. By Friday, August 19, Dalilah stood atop the Olympic podium to receive her medal on behalf of Team USA.
Plans for a huge parade and week of celebratory events is currently underway in honor of Rochdale’s own Dalilah Muhammad. Senator James Sanders, Jr., (D-Rochdale Village), Assembly Member Vivian Cook (D-32) the Rochdale Village Board of Directors and other local officials will gather at Roy Wilkins Park on Merrick Boulevard in St. Albans, New York where Dalilah practiced for track meets then board festive floats that will travel along a parade route to the Rochdale Village Community Center stage where the awards and accolades will continue.
Participants are encouraged to bring their community spirit and wear their best red, white and blue gear because the festivities have just begun. This parade is just the first in a long series of recognition ceremonies being thrown for the triumphant homecoming of Olympian, Dalilah Muhammad.