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Can You Identify These Famous African-American Athletes from a Fact?
by Becky
Photo by Bob Sandberg

How many of these famous African American athletes can you correctly identify? Take this quiz to find out.

African Americans have contributed to the fields of tennis, basketball, baseball, golf, boxing and football. Many contributors are dominant players and have recorded significant firsts in their fields. And some have even contributed to more than one field.

Jesse Owens is one of these famous African American athletes. Owens won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympic Games: three in sprints and one in the long jump. Owens' wins were significant for many reasons, but because the 1936 Summer Olympics were held in Berlin, Germany at the height of Nazi power, Owens laid bare the myth of Aryan supremacy that Adolf Hitler and his followers promoted. Hitler's disappointment was palpable and he skipped the remainder of the games.

But, Owens wasn't the only African American athlete to cause controversy and raise the bar of world sports. Women such as Jackie Joyner Kersee, the Williams sisters and Alice Coachman (who was the first African American woman to win a gold medal), have not only made significant headway in their sports, they have set records.

Think you can name all 35 of these athletes? Let's get started.

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