Black History Month | Heroes in Sports

MY HERO Celebrates Black History Month. Get inspired by African American Heroes in Sports.

Black History Month
Credit: Robert Shetterly


African American history began in the immoral practice of slavery. It could be said that Sports has played a special role in African American history in the following era of segregation to integration, because it was often one of the first areas where integration between African Americans and whites happened. The great contributions of African American Sports heroes continues to be a source of inspiration and a lens through which to see the fight for justice play out in United States history.

Effa Manley

By: Diane from New Haven
The remarkable Effa Manley was a civil rights activist who broke down baseball's racial barriers as co-owner of the Newark Eagles in the Negro National League.

Jesse Owens

By: Brett from Fredericksburg
Jesse Owens defied the odds in running.

Jackie Robinson

By: Brandon from Selden, New York
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball.

Kenny Washington

By: Owen from Los Angeles
Kenny Washington broke the color barrier in the NFL in 1946.

Arthur Ashe

By: Dylan Stern
Arthur Ashe was a tennis champion and humanitarian.

Wilma Rudolph

By: Nancy Nickerson
Wilma Rudolph was the first American woman to win 3 Olympic gold medals.

Magic Johnson

By: Laura Tucker for MY HERO
Magic Johnson inspires others with his basketball talents and philanthropic work.

Loretta Claiborne

By: Charles F. Harper
"God is my strength and Special Olympics is my joy."

Colin Kaepernick

By: Randy from Fredericksburg

Colin Kaepernick is Randy's hero because he is loyal and gives back to his community.

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Organizer created on 1/27/2019 8:44:26 PM by MY HERO Staff

Last edited 3/1/2019 2:59:59 PM by Xenia Shin