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African-American Firsts Athletes: 1949: George Taliaferro becomes the first African-American drafted by an NFL team (Chicago Bears), but elects not to enter the league.

African-American Firsts Athletes: George Taliaferro becomes the first African-American drafted by an NFL team (Chicago Bears), but elects not to enter the league.

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African-American Firsts Athletes: Emlen Tunnell is the first African-American to be inducted into the NFL's Hall of Fame.

exstendotongue: “ A real picture of Harriet Tubman in full color ”

African-American Firsts Athletes: Marshall 'Major' Taylor becomes the first African-American world cycling champion.

African-American Firsts Athletes: 1995: Sheryl Swoopes becomes the first female athlete to have an athletic shoe named after her.

African-American Firsts Athletes: Sheryl Swoopes becomes the first female athlete to have an athletic shoe named after her.

African-American Firsts Athletes: 2002: Ozzie Newsom becomes the first African-American General Manager of an NFL team (Baltimore Ravens).

African-American Firsts Athletes: Ozzie Newsom becomes the first African-American General Manager of an NFL team (Baltimore Ravens).

African-American Firsts Athletes: 1924: Dehart Hubbard becomes the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event (long jump).

African-American Firsts Athletes: Dehart Hubbard becomes the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event (long jump).

2010's leading jockey by wins Deshawn Parker

Deshawn Parker is the most successful black horse jockey in today’s modern derbies with over victories.

George Flippin (man who has no fears)was the first black athlete in Nebraska history. He was a running back from 1891 - 1894.

George Flippin (man who has no fears) was the first black athlete in Nebraska history. He was a running back from

Zykiya Randall ("Z").......the youngest and First African American Female Golfer to win first place in US Womens Open Qualifier

Black Girl Magic:Zakiya Randall ("Z").the youngest and First African American Female Golfer to win first place in US Womens Open Qualifier

Rafer Johnson made his decathlon debut in 1954 and the next year he won the Pan American Games title and set the first of his three world decathlon records.He was favourite for '56 Olmpic title but placed 2nd then at the 1960 Olympic Games he became the first African American athlete to carry the U.S. flag in the Olympic procession, and he captured the decathlon gold medal.

Outstanding African American athletes through out American history with photos, including Rafer Johnson

Oscar Micheaux was a writer, director, producer of more than 44 films-1919 & 1948. His films dealt w/ the African American struggle for equality in a hostile world.  His 2nd film, Within Our Gates, is often considered his response to D.W. Griffith’s racist classic, Birth of a Nation. His film depicts lynchings & the rape of black women by white men in 1920. Micheaux was definitely not afraid to stir up controversy and was a ground-breaking artist who paved the way for black directors to…

Old Black Hollywood Stars You Should Know

Micheaux was the prolific writer, director and producer of more than 44 films between 1919 and His films dealt with the African American struggle for equality in a hostile world.

"Claudette Colvin. Nine months before Rosa parks’ famous bus boycott, Calvin at 15 refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. She was inspired to stand up for her rights after learning about African American leaders in school. Civil rights leaders didn’t publicize her story because she became an unwed mother."

Rosa Parks was NOT the first black woman to refuse to give up her bus seat. But don't forget, Rosa Parks was a trained activist!

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