Blackletes By: cameron D, jasmine S, andrew W, qUincy b

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

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

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

The first black man to play in the major leagues

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson broke color barriers in 1947 by being the first African American to play in the MLB. Being far away from his home town of Cairo, Georgia Robinson made new roots in Brooklyn after the Dodgers signed him. The year he joined the team he was also named Rookie of the year, and also helped lead his team to be the World Series champs in 1955. When Robinson joined the team he knew that there were going to be difficult times ahead on his road but didn't give up. Making his way up the Dodgers involved harassment from fans and other teams but he also gained followers. Robinson became an inspiration for so many people throughout the nation. To honor this hero the MLB retired his number within the whole league, and they have a day reserved to honor him. April 15 is known as Jackie Robinson day, on that day all the players that play wear a jersey with his number 42 on the back.

Quote from the movie 42: Jackie Robinson: “I'm not goin' anywhere! I'm right here!”

One of the greatest female and African American tennis players of all time

Serena Jameka Williams

Of all the athletes who have overcome the color barrier and emerged into sports, Serena Williams transpired as one of the most renowned names within the world of tennis. Serena was born on September 26 in 1981 to a visionary father who saw more in his youngest daughters. Both Serena and her sister, Venus Williams, were taught under their father who gleaned his knowledge from tennis books and videos. Just at the age of 3, Serena began training in tennis and constantly grew competitive as she got older. By 1991 Serena was part of the junior United States Tennis Association tour and ranked as first in the 10 and under division. In 1999 she was able to beat her sister in the Grand Slam, as her first major championship grew tremendously within her success. Throughout the years she has been a major influence for the sport itself:

-In 2000, the William sisters both won their first Wimbledon title and won at the Sydney Olympics.

-In 2003, Serena won the Australian Open against her sister.

-In 2007, she won 8 Grand Slams and scaled to the number seven rank in the world.

-In 2009, she placed her Grand Slam titles at 23 and ranked as number one.

-She became the oldest no. 1 US Champion after her French Open tournament in 2013.

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