CHICAGO – There is a push to honor a champion cyclist with whom he has ties Chicago.
Marshall Major Taylor was known as “the fastest man alive”.
He was the first African American to win an international championship ever sport way back in 1899.
Not only that, but he was also the first black athlete to compete regularly in open, integrated competition.
Among his many accomplishments, Taylor held seven world records in 1898 and won seven world champion titles by the age of 20.
The Bronzeville Trail Task Force is working to keep his memory alive.
“We want Major Taylor to be recognized in the annals of history and in the pantheon of African American greats who have excelled in a sport. We want him to be mentioned in the same breath as Jackie Robinson, as Michael Jordan, and he lived here in Chicago, died in Chicago,” said John Adams of the Bronzeville Trail Task Force.
Adams says Major Taylor should be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal.
A petition was launched on change.org on Tuesday urging Congress to make it happen.