Marshall "Major" Taylor became the first Black sports star to become a global celebrity when he won the world cycling championship in 1899. Throughout his bike-racing career, he won awards and set records on and off the track. But in his native United States, he faced racist discrimination and violence at every turn, causing him to spend most of his time in Europe. After retiring from racing, he wrote and published his autobiography and traveled the world promoting it. Though written in the 1920s, his story feels fresh, contemporary, and readable. His life was too short, but his legacy lives on.
SUBJECT: Memoir / Political / History / Activism / Sports / Bikes / Microcosm Published / Race
PUBLICATION: Jan 10, 2023
FORMAT: 256 pages, 6x9", paperback
Adonia Lugo, PhD is an urban anthropologist, bicyclist, and activist in Los Angeles.
Marshall “Major” Taylor (1878-1932) was a Black American cyclist who was one of the greatest bicyclists of his era. In 1928, he published an autobiography that cited his mental strain of battling racism in competitive cycling.
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