African American History: Sports
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Marshall "Major" Taylor was the first African American professional cyclist. Born in 1878, Major Taylor's professional racing career spanned 13 years and included the world one-mile track cycling championship in 1899. He remained committed to his passion in the face of adversity and continues to be a source of inspiration to all athletes and the inspiration for our Major Taylor Project.
Ora Washington- This tennis star of the late 1920s and early '30s was Venus and Serena rolled into one. The Philadelphia native was the first Queen of Tennis: She was the undefeated women's singles champion of the American Tennis Association from 1929 to 1935. Also a star center for the Philadelphia Tribunes and the Germantown Hornets basketball teams, Washington was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jackie Robinson West making Chicago proud! What wonderful uplifting news for young black Americans after the horrifying events in Ferguson. It is also great for a story about Chicago youths not to be about gun crime and gangs.
The FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER, Charles W. Follis (holding ball), born February 3, 1879, in Cloverdale, Virginia. He attended Wooster High School and helped establish the first varsity football team, playing right halfback and team captain. In 1901, he entered the College of Wooster. Rather than playing football for the college, he played for the town’s amateur football team – where he earned the nickname of the “BLACK CYCLONE FROM WOOSTER.”