Black History Month 2019 February 05, 2019 at 05:00 pm

African-American icons unfairly overlooked during Black History Month

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor February 05, 2019 at 05:00 pm

February 05, 2019 at 05:00 pm | Black History Month 2019

Credit: New York Times

Major Taylor

He was a household name over 100 years ago when bicycle racing was one of the most popular sports in the world. Born in 1878, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor started racing professionally when he was 18. By age 20, he was already a world champion, having held so many major world records and competing in events across the globe. Many thronged to see him exhibit his skills in his time. Yet, due to racial attacks and stiff competition, his career suffered a dip after 14 years in the game. Though he amassed wealth, he died penniless in Chicago on June 21, 1932.

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