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Alice Coachman

Few athletes have dominated a sport as thoroughly as Alice Coachman dominated the high jump. Named to five All-American teams, she won a gold medal in the 1948 Olympics, becoming the first African Ame

Remembering Fritz Pollard

The nomination of Frederick Douglass (“Fritz”) Pollard to the Professional Football Hall of Fame provides the opportunity for Brown University to remember one of its all-time heroes. This exhibit

DeHart Hubbard

DeHart Hubbard (William DeHart Hubbard; born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 25, 1903 – June 23, 1976) was a track and field athlete who was the first African American to win an Olympic gold med

William DeHart Hubbard

William DeHart Hubbard (“DeHart”) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 25, 1903. He graduated from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati and later attended the University of Michigan. DeHart

Willie Thrower

Willie Lee Thrower (March 22, 1930 – February 20, 2002) was an American football quarterback. Born near Pittsburgh in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Thrower was known as “Mitts” for his l

Willie Thrower

Willie Thrower was a pioneer for African Americans in football, the first to play quarterback professionally.

Slavery and the Making of America

SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA is a four-part series documenting the history of American slavery from its beginnings in the British colonies to its end in the Southern states and the years of post-

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson, nicknamed “the Galveston Giant,” was the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion.

The War on Jack Johnson: Boxing's First Black Heavyweight Champion Versus the World

The “talented tenth”. That’s who W.E.B. Du Bois thought would make the difference for black people of the United States. The success of writers, poets and musicians in the Harlem Renaissance

The Jack Johnson interview – 106 years on

Ian Parsons unearths a jewel from the Boxing News archives as Jack Johnson recalls the ‘Fight of the Century’ against Jim Jeffries

Jackie Robinson

In 1982, Jackie Robinson became the first Major League Baseball player to appear on a US postage stamp. Jackie Robinson was 28 years old when he broke into the Major Leagues, yet he still won the unif

Jackie Robinson changed face of sports

It’s not often that the essence of a man, especially a complicated man, can be summed up in one sentence. But then again, there haven’t been many people like Jackie Robinson. “A life