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  1. In 1960, Wilma Rudolph, of Clarksville, TN, won with the new Olympic record time of 11.3 seconds in Rome with the new record time of 11.3 seconds in in the women’s 100-meter dash in Rome, 1960.
  2. In 1908, after winning the 4 x 400 meter relay, John Taylor became the first African American to win gold in the Olympics. And in 1948, Alice Coachman became the first Black woman in the world to win an Olympic gold medal while competing in the high jump.
  3. Founded in 1984, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is the only touring African American rodeo in the world.
  4. In 1920, Fritz Pollard and Bobby Marshall became the first Black athletes to play in the NFL. Pollard was also the league’s first Black coach.
  5. George Coleman Poage became the first Black person to earn a medal at the Olympic Games in 1904. He was a hurdler.
  6. In 1996, Sheryl Swoopes became the first player to sign with the WNBA, with the league debuting a year later.
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