Top 10 Black Athletes Who Changed the World !

We’ve come a long way, from refusing to encourage Black athletes to practice to separate playgrounds so that Black athletes couldn’t participate along with White athletes. Although a sports life could not have been imagined without the likes of Usain Bolt or Raheem Sterling, many African-American athletes have once ignored these walls to make the world fairer, not just open the path to their Black fellow athletes in the next few years. 

Over the years, we have seen many outstanding Black players who have made history and have transformed the sport for good. We should have the luxury of witnessing this. We take our moment to see and remember those who changed the world with their incredible game in the History of Sports.   

It was hard, but we compiled, so here are your ten Black Athletes who have changed the world.

10. Jackie Robinson

Full Name:Jack Roosevelt Robinson
Born:January 31, 1919, Cairo, Georgia, United States
Died:October 24, 1972, North Stamford, Stamford, Connecticut, United States

The first African American to represent baseball in the modern age was Jackie Roosevelt Robinson. The exploits of Johnson are so remarkable, for in what was America’s favorite sport, he smashed the barriers to race when he was most serious about his game. Robinson was the first African American to earn varsity letters in four disciplines (baseball, basketball, football, and track) and the first student of any color.

In 1949 Robinson commenced his team to win the NL MVP, of which the story was written. Robinson was included in the National Baseball Hall of Fame for his civil rights advocacy. Despite all Robinson’s reverses and death threats, he allowed his field play to talk more forcefully than ever before.

9. Jack Johnson

Full Name:Jack Hody Johnson
Born:May 18, 1975 (age 45 years), North Shore, Hawaii, United States
Died:N/A (Alive)

Jack Johnson was also known as the “Galveston Giant” until 1908 when he knocked out Tommy Burns as the first Black heavyweight boxing world champion. Over the years, Johnson had several problems in his race. 

Before James Jefferies, a white boxer was smashed into the papers in 1910, Jefferies said that he had “fought in this fight for the express intention of demonstrating that a white man is stronger than a black man” Yet he played to his strengths and stumbled across the system with his near flamboyant image and white women’s dating. In 1912, when Jack Johnson involved a white woman before marriage, Johnson was arrested. 

8. Cassius Clay – Muhammad Ali

Full Name:Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
Born:January 17, 1942, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died:June 3, 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Muhammad Ali was born and grown in Louisville, Kentucky, and was probably by his passing, the world’s most renowned guy and identifiable. He won Olympic gold for the U.S. boxing team in his lifetime and returned to Louisville to be refused service in many of the area’s services. He became a polarising figure when he embraced Islam and changed his name and later because he declined to join the U.S. Army. He was a critic of many black politicians and spokeswomen for his race, wondering why he couldn’t emerge from issues and behaviors sometimes self-inflicted.

Ali was struck more than 200,000 times throughout his head and body during his professional boxing career. He has only won 56 fights, only once, in his professional career. In total, he won sixty-one fights. Instead, he beat by knockout 37 adversaries. During his career, referred to as the Second Golden Age of boxing, he fought and beat each heavyweight.

7. Kenny Washington

Full Name:Kenneth S. Washington
Born:August 31, 1918, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died:June 24, 1971, Los Angeles, California, United States

The National Football League once was a white entity, as did the NBA and the Major League Baseball. The NFL became the second-largest football supporter of big-time college football in the 1930s with the 1940s, and NFL games were played in front of vacant seats. While Kenny Washington is honored and praised globally as the man who breaks the color barrier in baseball, Washington is forgotten by the NFL since doing so. After graduation, Washington, who was statistically a better player, decided to be a football coach after major League Baseball. 

Georges Halas of the Chicago Bears, attempted by Washington’s owner George Preston Marshall to persuade the other owners to sign Washington.

6. Oscar Robertson

Full Name:Oscar Palmer Robertson
Born:November 24, 1938 (age 82) Charlotte, Tennessee
Died:N/A (Alive)

Oscar Robertson was there before Dr. J. He is the only NBA player who, for the entire season, has averaged three times (double points, assists, and rebounds for a game) without the advantage of a three-point shot. Robertson changed the game during his plays in the NBA and was in a courtyard from the one where basketball is played. 

As director of the NBA Players Association, Robertson brought proceedings to block the merger so far as concerns surrounding the player movement between franchises, the reservation clause, and other issues such as the annual draught have been. The NBA and the American Basketball Association (ABA) rival is about to merge. The outcome was a decision known as the Oscar Robertson rule, which, following the minimum guidelines and operation, provided the players with free agency.

Oscar Robertson

5. Charles Sifford

Full Name:Charles Luther Sifford
Nationality:United States
Born:June 2, 1922, Charlotte, North Carolina
Died:February 3, 2015 (aged 92) Cleveland, Ohio

In the 1940s, the PGA members, which held most of the country’s professional tournaments, were excluded from black golfers to participate, and Charles Sifford was among them. The provisions of the PGA by-laws were “only citizens of the race of the Caucasus.” Under the auspices of many associations, Black golfers have held their tournaments. The United Golf Association was one of them (UGA). The “Negro Tours” had many hurdles to tackle, including the finding of courses, most private clubs with stringent regulations, and several public and local courses. 

Charlie was a teenager, a scratch golfer he was able to shoot regularly. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Military in the 24th Infantry Division of the U.S. The Army was another segregated body. After participating in the UGA-sponsored tournaments, the bags to encourage a golfer to live are in the PGA. UGA members called the “Charles Sifford” their turnouts.

4. Wilma Rudolph

Full Name:Wilma Glodean Rudolph
Nationality:United States
Born:June 23, 1940, Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee, U.S.
Died:November 12, 1994 (aged 54) Brentwood, Tennessee, U.S.
Sports:Track and Field

In her early teens, when she contracted polio, Wilma Rudolph’s bravery and determination were obvious. She had to wear a wrist on her left knee, recovering from the onset of the disease, until she was eight. She still had to consume an orthopedic shoe, but she had all aids and walked naturally at twelve. She strived in the United States Olympic Trials in 1956, winning a 200-meter sprint right to participate in the 1956 Olympic Games. At that time, she was seventeen years old, the youngest Olympic player

At the Olympics, she lost during a preliminary event, but she ran the third stage of the 4-man 100-meter relay, where the American took the bronze race. She enrolled in 1958 in Tennessee and decided to return to the 1960 United States team at the Olympics. She also took part in AAU and Tennessee competitions in the interim, setting a new 200m world record at the 1960 Olympic trials.

3. Althea Gibson

Full Name:Althea Neale Gibson
Nationality:United States
Born:August 25, 1927, Clarendon County, South Carolina, U.S.
Died:September 28, 2003 (aged 76) East Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Sports:Tennis and Golf

The first African American to play worldwide professional tennis was Althea Gibson, the first black tennis player from any country. The depression soon led her household to settle in Harlem, New York, where her father sought employment and was born in South Carolina in 1927. By the age of 12, Althea learned to play paddling, and by winning many casual matches and competitions, became one of New York’s top female paddle tennis players. 

As a tennis player, she quickly improved and won multiple state endorsements by the American Tennis Association. Many competitions may have boosted her career because they denied her entry into white clubs. The fact that she has not won attending official tournaments prevented her from entering the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

Althea Gibson Statue

2. Jesse Owens

Full Name:James Cleveland Owens
Born:September 12, 1913, Oakville, Alabama, U.S.
Died:March 31, 1980 (aged 66) Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
Sports:Track and field

The American track star Jesse Owens has always manipulated Adolf Hitler’s plans to use the 1936 Olympic Games to assert Aryan superiority over the rest of the world. This conviction is not strictly valid. But the German Olympic team won the most medals in the overall world – 89 – than any country, the United States being second with 56. In the end, Jesse won more Gold medals than any other competitor. Nor did Hitler show his contempt for Owens openly and refuse to recognize the sportsman or to as is commonly believed. 

The American Olympic Committee found that the boycott of Jackie Robinson’s brother Jack Robinson was un-American motivated by agitators before Owens and other black athletes decided to participate. When they arrived in Berlin, the American team, including black players, enthusiastically got humiliation by fans and competitive athletes.

Jesse Owens Statue

1. Earl Lloyd

Full Name:Earl Francis Lloyd
Born:April 3, 1928, Alexandria, Virginia
Died:February 26, 2015 (aged 86) Crossville, Tennessee

Harold Hunter was the first African American to sign the NBA, but he was cut out of the training camp and never played in the NBA. Lloyd witnessed the bigotry of some players and  NBA careers and the segregating facilities in many towns and cities. Often he was unable to dine or use the same. Many supporters threw racial insults at him, and many people constantly remembered other types of harassment where many considered him a white privilege transgressor.

Much as it is difficult to believe today, it was an all-blank League with the founding owners when the National Basketball Association was formed in 1946. Their first playing season was between 1946 and 1947. The next season saw the emergence of an Asian American of Japanese origin, the first non-white player to feature the New York Knicks in three games. In 1950, the NBA side, Chuck Cooper, was drawn up by a black player who the Boston Celtics chose in the second round. 


Can you see sports without Earl Lloyd or Williams’ sisters? Is it hard to photograph, huh? However, as we all remember, once, black players were unable to compete in the same arena as white people. We all know that. Fortunately, African and American athletes defied racist insults and death-threatening calls and tried to make the world of sport a safer and fair environment.

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