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(NPR)   Over 140 years ago today Marshall "Major" Taylor was born into a world where he would have to endure decades of racial injustice yet he rose above it to become America's first Black sports hero   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Hero, African American, Major Taylor, Black people, FRESH AIR's Dave Davies, guest Michael Kranish, Extraordinary Life Of Cyclist Major Taylor, FRESH AIR, Taylor's talent  
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2020-11-26 8:18:10 AM  
And that kids is who the Rapper M&M  drew inspiration from for his name not the candies.
 
2020-11-26 9:28:31 AM  
Because radio transcripts make horrible articles:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_T​a​ylor

/Worcester, represent
 
2020-11-26 11:24:36 AM  
I never heard of this man. Interesting story.
 
2020-11-26 11:50:10 AM  
Major Taylor was amazing. Every minority athlete that came afterward owes him a debt. He endured a level and intensity of racism/discrimination that would've seemed cartoonishly nonsensical & horrific only a couple decades later.
 
2020-11-26 4:50:25 PM  

kdawg7736: I never heard of this man. Interesting story.


I checked this book out from the library and read it. I feel it's really well written. It was difficult to put down.
 
2020-11-26 7:17:18 PM  
Other things that happened over 140 years ago today:
Julius Caesar stabbed
Magna Carta signed
plague of frogs
 
2020-11-26 10:51:11 PM  
I first read about him when I got "seriously" into cycling 40+ years ago.   Amazing dude -- the best cyclist of his time and possibly over-all relative to the era.  And he did it in spite of racism levels that we haven't seen in sports for over 60 years.

The history of competitive cycling is rarely discussed in this country but what he did and how he did it against great prejudice is a story worthy of broader exposure.
 
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