African American Olympians

In recognition of Black History Month and the Winter Olympics, the AUM Library is highlighting African American Olympic athletes. Check out the link below for some great Olympic moments featuring some amazing athletes!
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MUHAMMAD ALI — In one of the most dramatic, surprising and emotional moments in Olympic history, Muhammad Ali, a former heavyweight champion and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, shocked the world when he stepped out of the darkness and accepted the Olympic torch to light the Olympic caldron during the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
JESSE OWENS — With Adolf Hitler looking on, Jesse Owens’ record-breaking performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, at the time the international symbol of racism and fascism, shattered the German dictator’s theory of Aryan supremacy. He won gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter runs, broad jump (now called long jump) and the 400-meter relay. By the time Owens reached the victors’ stand to receive his medals, Hitler and his entourage had left the stadium.
WlLMA RUDOLPH — At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Wilma Rudolph captured the world’s attention and gained international stardom when she became the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympiad. Rudolph, who had overcome a bout with polio as a child, won gold in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and the 400-meter relay.
MILTON CAMPBELL — At the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, Milton Campbell earned a place in Olympic history when he became the first Black to win the decathlon, and with that victory goes the title of “world’s greatest athlete.”