The Polar Bears Of Martha’s Vineyard Offer Insights On Aging Gracefully And Having Fun While Doing It

Life is short and summers on Martha’s Vineyard are even shorter. But a group of African-American men and women called the “Polar Bears” are finding ways to prolong both. In fact, they’ve been doing so for more than fifty years.

The Polar Bears’ morning prayer and swimming sessions in the frigid waters of Inkwell Beach are a case study on how the Vineyard’s historic African-American summer traditions are being carried on. And for Temple University sociologist Donna-Marie Peters, they offer insights on how women of color age and what we can learn from them on how to do it well.
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