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From the beginning of Black college sports competition, their goals have been to produce excellence. This archive is a compilation of the achievers and achievements that have set the bar and left legacies that we can celebrate. Black College Sports History & Legends goal is to preserve the events and the players, coaches and supporters whose dedicated service helped to maintain the ongoing spirit of competition.

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The Road to Rio

The eyes of the world will be watching the much anticipated United States Olympic teams who are expected to dominate the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since the 1939 Games in Munich where Jesse Owens put on a show for the ages, the door opened for black college performers who have dotted the trackscape in a big way.
Tuskegee's pioneer coach Cleve Abbot placed two women in the 1948 Games- Alice Coachman and Nell Jackson. Coachman would win the only gold medal for women  (high jump) and Jackson ran in the 200 meters event.
Since then, Black college athletes have joined major college track stars to maintain a near dominance in the sprints, hurdles and jumping events. We salute those who excelled and got to stand at the top the podium in their events.


Dr. Frederick T. Humphries
One of the Top Educators in HBCU History
Dr. Fred Humphries graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida A&M University in 1957  and was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964. Dr. Humphries was President Emeritus of Tennessee State University from 1974-85, and President Emeritus of Florida A&M University from 1985- 2001. He served as a Regent Professor at the FAMU College of Law until 2003 and was President and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education from 2001 -03.
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Cleve Abbott: A True Pioneer

abbott,cleve,south.dakota.state.4Cleve Abbott was hired by Booker T. Washington as an teacher and was the first athletic director at Tuskegee Institute.While serving as the Director of the Physical Education, he started the women's track and field program which was undefeated from 1937-42 and spawned the first American Olympic gold medalist in Alice Coachman. Other Olympic gold medalists were Mildred McDaniels and Nell Jackson. Abbott's women's tennis team featured two ATA champions in Margaret and Roumania Peters. All-America football player Ben Stevenson  was one of his first stars.  He was the all sports varsity coach from 1923-55. (See Because Education Mattered...)




August 14, 1876    Prairie View A&M became the first state supported black college in the state of Texas

August 28, 1971  First Televised Black College Football Game aired on ABC-TV...the Whitney M. Young Classic, Yankee Stadium...Morgan State vs. Grambling State

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