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She's a 2012 ACC Women's Basketball legend, who used athletics to further her education.  Her story is just one of the many featured at the African American Legacy Project of Northwest Ohio.  Tonight in honor of Black History month, we take a look at the life of Dr. Myra Waters. Myra Waters was a profound athlete, ahead of her time. The Libbey High School basketball player took advantage of Title nine in 1972 and used the new era for women to pursue higher education. Robert Smith from the African American Legacy Project tells 13 ABC,  "Her true inspiration was that athletics was a path, a means to get to and through education especially for young women to take advantage of their circumstances." Myra had 5 other siblings who dreamed of going to college...so she knew if she wanted to go she would have to earn a college scholarship. so she used her talent on the court to gain a scholarship at the University of Maryland. Smith tells 13ABC,  "This is the Jersey from the actual first Women's Final Four Tournament and she chose to donate it to the African American Legacy Project." Myra earned a trip to the first-ever NCAA Women's basketball Final Four in 1982.   She still holds records at the University of Maryland. Smith tells 13 ABC  "far past athletics she got her masters in counseling, she is Dr. Myra Waters...She has her PHD." Dr. Waters also became a women's basketball coach.   Today, she serves as a grief counselor at a counseling center on the University of Maryland campus. Smith tells 13 ABC,  "If you ever saw her on the street, you wouldn't think she had an experience to talk about, but a wealth of love and experiences Dr, Myra Waters." The African American Legacy Project is located on Upton avenue.  If you'd like donate to the AALP or book a tour call 419-720-4369 or click here http://africanamericanlegacy.org

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