African American Athletes achievements
In the past African Americans have made great strides through history, but often their achievements are overlooked. In society the Olympics is an event that memorable for the whole nation but no one can tell you who was the first African American to win Olympic medal. Simply being invited to the Olympics is a huge honor then winning a medal for your country is astonishing. On 1908 John Taylor made history by becoming the first African American to win a gold medal at the Olympics. He should be praised for his accomplishments instead of forgotten about.
Althea Gibson made history one after another in her tennis career. She became the first African American to ever play in the U.S Lawn Tennis Association, and later did the same thing at Wimbledon
-After Retiring from Tennis she changed gears and started to play golf and be the first African American to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association
-Won Female Athlete of the year in 1957 and 1958
Wilma Rudolph should be an inspiration around the world, she had to break through walls that would destroy most people. She was diagnosed with polio as a child but later came over it and became an Olympic medalist in track and field.
-First African American women to win James E. Sullivan Award, the highest honor for amuterure athletics
-Won Female Athlete of the year in 1960 and 1961
- First African American Women to compete in 5 Olympic games