We had the theme of superheros last week with our photo blog, today we’re honoring one of the true superheros of Indianapolis and cycling. He used the bicycle as a tool to be an equalizer despite adversity and racism and his story and success is something we try to share with the students we’re fortunate to work with in our programs.
To borrow from Wikipedia: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Taylor)
Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (26 November 1878 – 21 June 1932) was an American cyclist who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. Taylor was the first African-American athlete to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship—after Canadian boxer George Dixon.