The 20 Most Influential African-American Athletes Who Changed Sports Forever

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The 20 Most Influential African-American Athletes Who Changed Sports Forever

Black History Month has come and almost gone, but this writer wants to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have advanced their race and fellow minorities both athletically and socially through their amazing careers.

Not so long ago, black athletes were segregated from participating with white athletes due to the Jim Crow Laws established after the Plessy V. Ferguson (1896) Supreme Court case.  

Black athletes, as were their non-athletic brothers and sisters, were seen as racially inferior and not worthy of socially mixing with whites.

However, these purely promoted brave athletes slowly but positive social change against the racism and later racial prejudice in this country by their heroic example both in and out of the athletic arena.

Black athletes hold a special place in American sporting lore, and these 20 athletes were the most influential in changing American sports forever. 

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