HIDDEN BLACK HISTORY: Marshall ''Major'' Taylor World Champion Trailblazer 1901
By 1901, Major Taylor was considered the greatest athlete in the world and was the first Black world champion in any sport. Major Taylor was one of the most renowned track cyclists of his time—and arguably one of the most celebrated athletes in history.
His story is known to cyclists worldwide and while his name is rarely discussed amongst pioneering black athletes like Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens, Taylor’s impact on his sport and the broader world around him was as important as any of them. Not to mention that as an 1899 World Champion, he was one of the top cyclists of his generation…
In his own words, Major Taylor said
I was a pioneer. And therefore, had to blaze my own trail.