Blu-ray
September 10, 2024
9780253071729
English
$25.00 USD, £20.00 GBP
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DVD video
September 10, 2024
9780253071736
English
$18.00 USD, £14.00 GBP
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Major Taylor

Champion of the Race

By WTIU
Explore the life and legacy of speed cycling champion, civil rights activist, and Hoosier hero Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor. Born in Indianapolis in 1878, Taylor was the world's first Black sports superstar by the turn of the 20th century. Called "the fastest man in the world" by reporters, Taylor's talent in cycling—the most popular and lucrative sport of the era—was celebrated by leading publications across the globe and by notable figures such as Booker T. Washington and Theodore Roosevelt.

On the track, Taylor captured more than 20 world records during his career. Off the track, he was an early civil rights pioneer who fought for greater social opportunities for African Americans in the heart of Jim Crow America.

Marietta Simpson, acclaimed opera mezzo-soprano, provides primary narration for the film, with jazz legend Branford Marsalis reading passages from Major Taylor's autobiography. Original music is composed and performed by Emmy-winning musical director Tyron Cooper.

Interviews include ESPN's Kevin Blackistone; Michael Kranish, a Washington Post writer and Taylor biographer; Richard Lapchick, president of the Institute of Sport and Social Justice; Illinois Congressman Jonathan Jackson (son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson); three-time Olympic medalist Edwin Moses; ATP tennis star James Blake; Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Ann Meyers Drysdale; Bicycle Hall of Fame member and historian John Howard; plus many other insights from historians, archivists, social rights advocates, and Taylor family members.

About the Author

WTIU Public Television is licensed through Indiana University and is a member station of PBS.

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September 10, 2024
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September 10, 2024
$18.00 USD

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