Jackie Robinson’s Battles for Equality On and Off the Baseball Field | History.com Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues on April 15, 1947, when he took the field in the top of the first inning against the Boston Braves.

Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in the Major Leagues on April 15, 1947, when he took the field in the top of the first inning against the Boston Braves.

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Remembering the First Pair of African-American Sisters to Take Tennis by Storm | Bleacher Report Nicknamed "Pete" and "Re-Pete," respectively, the Peters sisters played in the American Tennis Association, a league formed to give African-Americans a chance to play competitive tennis at a national level.

Nicknamed “Pete” and “Re-Pete,” respectively, the Peters sisters played in the American Tennis Association, a league formed to give African-Americans a chance to play competitive tennis at a national level.

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Simone Biles Says She, Too, Was Abused by Larry Nassar | The New York Times After having vocally supported her teammates as they publicly detailed the sexual abuse they endured, Simone Biles, one of the most decorated gymnasts in Olympic history, added her own name on Monday to the list of those who have accused Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar of sexual abuse.

After having vocally supported her teammates as they publicly detailed the sexual abuse they endured, Simone Biles, one of the most decorated gymnasts in Olympic history, added her own name on Monday to the list of those who have accused Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar of sexual abuse.

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African-Americans etched historic mark on U.S. Olympic speed skating team | New York Amsterdam News Speed skating, like most Winter Olympic sports, has long been devoid of sizable representation by African-Americans and people of color.

Speed skating, like most Winter Olympic sports, has long been devoid of sizable representation by African-Americans and people of color.

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Marian Spencer, Civil Rights Pioneer and Alumna of University of Cincinnati, Honored with Building on Campus | Good Black News Spencer was born in 1920 in Gallipolis, Ohio. She lived with her grandfather who was a born a slave. As a child, she remembers watching the Ku Klux Klan parade in the street in front of her house.

Spencer was born in 1920 in Gallipolis, Ohio. She lived with her grandfather who was a born a slave. As a child, she remembers watching the Ku Klux Klan parade in the street in front of her house.

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First black player in major leagues? Hint: It wasn’t Jackie Robinson | Los Angeles Times Years ago, Palmer's grandmother told him the story of the man buried here. That's my uncle, she said, your great-grand uncle. His name was Moses Fleetwood Walker, and he was the first black baseball player in the major leagues.

Years ago, Palmer’s grandmother told him the story of the man buried here. That’s my uncle, she said, your great-grand uncle. His name was Moses Fleetwood Walker, and he was the first black baseball player in the major leagues.

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