Black History Month is a time to acknowledge and honor important contributions and achievements of African-Americans throughout our nation’s history. During this month, Yahoo Sports celebrates black pioneers who have impacted sports.
Many athletes had to overcome racial barriers to pave the way for black athletes today, like Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens, who were landmark figures in African-American sports history. And if these athletes allowed prejudice and discrimination to hinder them from pursuing their dreams, sports would look a lot different today.
Now sports are more diverse than ever, but the new generation of athletes still goes through similar experiences as its predecessors. Not only do the athletes experience racism within their respective sports, but also in their everyday lives.