To celebrate Black History Month, we will be sharing stories of historic black cyclists all throughout February. To kick things off, we are sharing the story of Marshall "Major" Taylor.
Marshall "Major" Taylor (1878-1932) was the word’s first black sports superstar. He was world cycling champion in 1899, American sprint champion in 1900, and set numerous track cycling records. Nicknamed “Major” in his youth in Indianapolis, he was the second African-American world champion in any sport. In the Jim Crow era of strict racial segregation, Taylor had to fight prejudice just to get on the starting line. Some of Taylor's fellow racers refused to compete with him, while others resorted to intimidation, verbal insults, and threats to physically harm him.
To hear more of his story, check out this video from ESPN chronicling his first professional race:
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An important, thought provoking article for this MLK Jr. Day that points out truths many in the cycling world overlook. There are already many Black people who ride, but, "don’t always ride in a way that the cycling world recognizes".
Read the full article.
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"Being an ally means recognizing that wealthy, majority-white neighborhoods already have a proliferation of protected bike lanes. And it means advocating to pause the work being done there and pivot to typically overlooked communities." - Courtney Williams, Bike Mayor of New York City.
Brilliant article on what white allies can do to make cycling equitable for all riders. Very worth stopping and taking the time to reflect.
2020 was a year like no other but it gave us at Trips for Kids Marin an opportunity to connect with you, our supporters, in many ways. With so many new programs and ideas, we want to hear from you - our amazing community - about what you liked the most, what could be tweaked, and what you want to see more of.
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