Major Taylor: The Story Behind America’s First Black Sports Superstar

Most people know the inspiring stories of Jackie Robinson, who broke through Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947; Jesse Owens, who ran roughshod over Adolf Hitler’s notions of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; and perhaps even that of Jack Johnson, the great boxer who unapologetically defied the Jim Crow norms of early 20th-century America.

However, the modern world is still catching on to the breathtaking accomplishments of Marshall “Major” Taylor, the Black bicycle racing sensation who became a world champ a decade before Johnson and captivated a still-segregated nation when the sport was reaching new heights in popularity .

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