The Story of Marshall “Major” Taylor

Yes, it’s an ad campaign for Hennessy, but regardless it’s a great story and one that’s seldom told.

Major Taylor  became a professional racer in 1896, at the age of 18, and won the  sprint event  at the  1899 world track championships  in  Montreal  to become the first African American to earn the title of  world champion. He was just  the second  black  athlete to win a world championship in any sport.

Hennessy is also honoring Major Taylor with an ESPN documentary, a statue, and a cycling apparel line.

The making of video below is worth a watch as well.