Brilliant, capable and courageous are words that easily come to mind when referencing John B. Taylor, the first African American to ever win a gold medal in the Olympics. As the son of freed slaves, Taylor didn’t let anything hold him back. He wasn’t just a man who could run like the wind, he was an intellectual and a hard worker.
Taylor ran for The University of Pennsylvania, earning himself an opportunity to be in the highly prestigious Wharton School of Business. He won a gold medal in the 400 medley relay, making himself the first black man to earn Olympic glory. That feat is highly impressive in 2012, but it was darn near impossible in 1908.
Watch the video below, created by Craig T. Williams. Williams is working to preserve the legacy of Taylor, who is one of the greatest and most courageous Americans of all-time. The video is below:
To learn more about this amazing American, please check out this book by Craig T. Williams.