SportsIt would be hard to imagine professional sports in the 21st Century without African Americans. Opportunity has allowed them to advance to cutting edge performance in many sports. The arenas of baseball, tennis and boxing have hosted unparalleled greats such as; Satchel Page, the first black pitcher for the World Series in 1948; Sam Hairston of the Chicago White Sox in 1951; Joe Louis Barrow, the first black heavyweight champion in 1954; Joe Frazier, Olympic Gold Medal winner in heavyweight boxing in 1963; Arthur Ashe, tennis star who won the US Open and Wimbledon in 1978; and Venus and Serena Williams tennis stars from 1999 to the present.
The sport of basketball has produced All-Stars like Kareem Abul Jabbar, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Lisa Leslie. African Americans have participated and advanced in multifaceted sports including football, chess, fencing, automobile racing, golf, hockey, ice skating, horse riding, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, gymnastics and track at the amateur and professional levels.
One of the world's fastest bicycle racers was African American. In the late 1800's, Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor was the world's fastest cyclist for 12 years. Vitality, speed, agility, strength, power and sportsmanship are all characteristics that allowed African Americans to make great contributions to sports in the US and around the world.
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Mae C. JemisonOn September 12, Mae Jemison became the first African American women to travel into space for NASA aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
Black History USA Youth Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 2015 by Glenn Singleton, publisher of Black History USA, an annual Black History calendar. Mr. Singleton's vision when creating the foundation was to further develop and cultivate relationships between the youth of Greenville and the Scholarship foundation. Through this relationship, the Future Leaders Conference was formed.Learn More