Howard Porter Drew (1890–1957)

Howard Drew at the 1912 Olympics Image Ownership: Public Domain Howard P. Drew, schoolboy Olympian, original “World’s Fastest Human,” scholar, soldier, lawyer, first African American judge in Connecticut, was born to David and May Drew in Lexington, Virginia on June 28, 1890.  Not wanting their … Read MoreHoward Porter Drew (1890–1957)

Ernest “Ernie” Banks (1931-2015)

Image Courtesy of Dave’s Dougout, Inc. Ernest “Ernie” Banks was the first African American baseball player for the Chicago (Illinois) Cubs and the first African American manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). Banks earned the nickname “Mr. Cub” while playing shortstop and first base from … Read MoreErnest “Ernie” Banks (1931-2015)

Frederick Carlton “Carl” Lewis (1961- )

Carl Lewis was a successful track and field athlete whose career spanned two decades from 1979 to 1997. He won ten medals as a member of five Olympic teams and won ten World Championship medals. Lewis was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 1, 1961, … Read MoreFrederick Carlton “Carl” Lewis (1961- )

John Carlos (1945– )

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Mexico City, 1968 Image Ownership: Public Domain John Carlos is best known for his black-gloved fist salute on the winner’s podium (with Tommie Smith) at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Carlos was born and raised in Harlem, New … Read MoreJohn Carlos (1945– )