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)

Matthew MacKenzie “Mack” Robinson (1912-2000)

An exceptional athlete and one of America’s leading sprinters of the 1930s, Matthew Mackenzie “Mack” Robinson, was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1912.  Matthew grew up with three other siblings, including the famed Jackie Robinson. After their father left following the birth of the last … Read MoreMatthew MacKenzie “Mack” Robinson (1912-2000)

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 Baxter Taylor Jr. (1882-1908)

The first African American to win an Olympic Gold Medal, John Baxter Taylor was born November 3, 1882, in Washington, D.C. He attended Central High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he ran track and was the only African American on the team. After graduating from … Read MoreJohn Baxter Taylor Jr. (1882-1908)

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– )

Haile Gebre Selassie (1973-)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Haile Gebre Selassie is regarded by many observers as the greatest Ethiopian long-distance runner of all time. He was born in the province of Arsi in central Ethiopia and was inspired by runners Abebe Bikila and Miruts Yifter. As a … Read MoreHaile Gebre Selassie (1973-)