In the Golden Age of Cycling (both in the US and abroad) Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (26 November 1878 – 21 June 1932) was an American cyclist who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. Taylor was the first Black-American athlete to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship—after Canadian boxer George Dixon.
Mbuti tribesman Ota Benga committed suicide on March 20, 1920. He had been brought from what was then the Belgian Congo by missionary Samuel Phillips Verner to be on exhibit at the St. Louis World's Fair and later at the Bronx Zoo. Phillips Verner Bradford, the grandson of Verner, wrote a book on his life Ota Benga: The Pygmy in the Zoo (1992).
Eliza Bryant, child of slaves, was active in welcoming African Americans to the Cleveland area. She realized that many elderly Black people had no help - many had lost their families during slavery, and segregated nursing homes would not serve them. In the 1890's, Bryant recruited two other women, began the work of establishing a home for elderly Black people. Today it still serves. www.elizabryant.o...